LISS stands for Low Intensity Steady State cardio. As its name suggests, it is any form of low intensity cardio where you maintain the same pace for a set period of time. This is completely different to HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), which focuses on quick bursts of cardio followed by a rest period. This type of cardio raises your heart rate fast and can cause an “after-burn effect”, where your body continues to burn fat even after you have stopped exercising. While HIIT can be great for burning fat and calories in a short amount of time, I do not recommend that it be the only type of cardio you do as part of your exercise routine.
Although the benefits may not be the same as HIIT, LISS is still a worthwhile addition to your workout routine.
Here is why:
It Builds Fitness Levels
If you are looking to build up your fitness or haven’t exercised in a while, LISS is a great way to do this! Not only is it simple to do, but it is an easy addition to your exercise routine. This is because LISS generally does not place a lot of strain on your body, meaning it may be done several times per week.
It Is Easy To Stick With
If you don’t like doing high intensity cardio such as HIIT, then LISS is a great way to exercise because it is easy to stick to. I prefer to complete my LISS outside by taking the dogs for a walk or listening to some music, which makes it super relaxing and enjoyable. If you don’t think about it as a chore or something you absolutely HAVE to do, you will be surprised at how much you want to do it.
It Is Great For Recovery
If you have had a few tough training sessions during the week, adding in another HIIT or resistance session may not be the best idea for your body. LISS can be a great way to still fit exercise in because it is low impact. This means that you are unlikely to impede your recovery by training over the top of sore muscles. LISS can actually help to increase blood flow to damaged muscles and reduce post-workout stiffness.
It Helps To Burn Fat
Training at a lower intensity means that more oxygen is available to your body. As fat needs oxygen in order to be broken down, the more oxygen you can give your body, the more fat you may burn.
As you can see LISS has many benefits that go far beyond just ‘burning calories’. If you don’t already include LISS into your weekly routine, I would highly recommend it. Not only is is great for your body, but it is great for your mind and can help to relax and de-stress you.