Low Intensity Cardio And Fat Burning

A guide on low intensity cardio training exercise and how it's differs from HIIT.

A popular method of fat burning is HIIT (high intensity interval training) and it is used by all people successfully. There’s also LISS (Low Intensity Steady State). Both of these methods are the complete opposite to each other. HIIT relies on quick bursts of activity from the exerciser, followed by steady cardio for a similar amount of times and sessions tend to last around twenty minutes. When put directly against its opposite, HIIT has also been shown to have better results when it comes to burning fat.

This doesn’t mean that LISS is useless and a waste of time, however. HIIT works by continuing to burn the calories after you stop exercising but it’s an incredible drain on your body and puts a lot of strain on your muscles – it’s not something you should be doing every day.

Advantages of LISS

LISS can boost the calories that you burn without putting any unneeded stress on your body, and can be used in between weight training and HIIT. It can help make the calorie deficit bigger without you having to cut down on how much you eat and what nutrients that you take in.

It also means that you’re giving your muscles more time to repair in between weight training and still be able to steadily keep burning your calories. Doing too much, too quickly, will wear you down and make you fatigued which will affect your overall performance and mean that you’re not getting the results that you want.

The Differences

Both methods of cardio are two entirely separate ways of burning fat and both have their pros and cons about them.

HIIT is very taxing on the body and doing too much of it will start to net you negative results. Your muscles won’t be getting the work out they need from your strength training, and you’ll find they’re a lot sorer.

The positive thing about HIIT is that it increases how many calories you continue to burn, even once you’ve stopped your session. Because of the quick bursts of activity, your body has to work harder to ensure your muscles are receiving enough oxygen. It will continue to do this while you’re stationery, meaning that you’ll burn more.

LISS burns as you’re moving. You won’t continue to burn calories once you’re still but you will be able to drag the session out a lot longer than if you were working harder. A LISS session usually lasts around forty-five minutes, comfortably.

This type of cardio doesn’t put any additional strain on the body and does not wear down your joints as quickly as HIIT does. It means you can put most of your focus into your weight training and work on sculpting your body without feeling run down and fatigued.


While it might not be as effective as burning a large amount of calories, LISS is a great way to casually work out and not injure yourself while still helping to trim down your body fat percentage.

Sharing is healthy!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Email
  • Add to favorites
  • RSS
  • Pinterest