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LISS Cardio, Core Strength Training and Tai Chi

Is it possible to build a complete low intensity workout? Here is the information that you need to start a conversation with your health care provider.

What is LISS Cardio?

LISS cardio stands for low-intensity steady-state cardio. It involves slower aerobic activities like walking, jogging, or cycling at a comfortable pace for an extended period of time. LISS workouts are ideal for those looking to improve aerobic fitness, beginners, individuals with overweight or obesity, and those with knee or back issues. It is also a good option for those who have more time for longer workouts. Here is what Everyday Health has to say:

A way to understand and measure the intensity of aerobic activity is by understanding intensity and how physical activity affects heart rate and breathing. Here is what the CDC has to say:

What is Core Strength Training?

Core-strength exercises strengthen the core muscles. Core muscles include the abdominal muscles, back muscles and the muscles around the pelvis. Strong core muscles make it easier to do many physical activities. Here is what The Mayo Clinic has to say:

and Harvard Health:

What is tai chi?

Tai chi is a practice that involves a series of slow gentle movements and physical postures, a meditative state of mind, and controlled breathing. Tai chi originated as an ancient martial art in China. Over the years, it has become more focused on health promotion and rehabilitation. Here is what the National Institute of Health has to say:

Tai chi can improve both lower-body strength and upper-body strength. When practiced regularly, tai chi can be comparable to resistance training and brisk walking. Although you aren't working with weights or resistance bands, the unsupported arm exercise involved in tai chi strengthens your upper body.

Combining LISS/Cardio/Tai chi (Yang Style) to build a workout program provides variety (not boring!) using low intensity for real life benefits. Speak with your doctor, physical therapist and a personal trainer to find the correct and safe workout for your situation. You will be glad that you did!


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