Lose Weight With The Best Cardio Exercises!

Posted on September 28th, 2013 at 3:48 am by

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What should you know about cardio exercises?

It is very difficult to determine whether cardio exercise has any worth-while impact for weight loss.  Be that as it may, most ‘specialists’ will tell you that cardio is in fact the ‘best’ way to lose weight but this could not be further than the truth.  Cardio is definitely not the best way to lose anything, for, unless you are sprinting for like 3 hours – 2 times a day, it is impossible to lose any significant amount of weight.

Weight training is much more suitable for losing weight as it promotes muscle growth which in turn increases metabolism – the main contributing factor for long lasting weight loss.  For example, 30 minutes of jogging is equivalent to about 300 calories burned.  300 calories are equivalent to 6 medium red apples, or two and a half avocados.  This means cutting down on your calories are way more beneficial for burning fat than simply doing cardio.

As a matter of fact, you can reduce your body’s fat to 10% in about a year without doing so much as a pull up!  For the sake of this article I am going to bring to your attention the best cardio exercises to help you to lose weight, or otherwise reduce body fat percentage.

Treadmills at gymTreadmill

Treadmills are a great alternative to actual running, especially for people who don’t have much space to run outside. Like most artificial fat burning contraptions, this one is not without flaws. For example, many people try to cheat themselves into believing that slow-paced, horizontal jogging has any effect on calorie burning etc.  The fact is that unless we ‘force’ ourselves to do more vigorous training, we cannot expect any positive results to come out of it.  For optimal weight loss, it is best to switch the speed and the incline of your treadmill.  Alternate between presets to find which one works best for you.

Tip

You should avoid ‘bouncing’ up and down on your treadmill while you run.  Not only can you damage the device, but you are also putting a lot of pressure on your joints and tendons.  Try walking with a book on your head to get a feel of the proper technique.

Swimming

Now this one can be put into a class of it’s own.  Swimming is the best way to shed weight, as it does not put any extra pressure on your joints while at the same time gives you similar benefits to sprinting or rock climbing.  When you first start swimming in a pool (doesn’t matter what size) you might want to hire a professional swimming.  A coach can motivate you while unfolding some secrets as to the various methods of swimming.

Tip

Don’t put so much pressure on your arms while disregarding your legs as a viable method for swimming.  Synchronization is the key to success and it will take some time to learn.  Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t get it right the first time.

Bicycling

As a person who simply adores outdoor activities, I am all for buying and of course using a REAL bicycle for the purpose of losing weight.  I say real because most people find it easier if they just bought a stationary bicycle, which inevitably ends up as a coat hanger – completely stripped of it’s therapeutic purpose.  Actual bicycles are way more beneficial for actively losing weight, as the intensity of the training program is determined by the terrain and not by ‘how many doughnuts’ you had after lunch today.

Tip

Start slow and build yourself towards achieving more intensity.  That said, keep in mind that the resulting weight-loss will be determined by your commitment.  Regular bicycling exercise is a must if you truly want to achieve results.

Author Bio

Brandon loves health and fitness.  When he has free time he loves to be in the gym or go jogging.  He currently works as a leader of professional carpet cleaners.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt Araceli Alarcon [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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