What type of cardio is the best for losing weight?
This is a question that trainers often hear, especially now with all the people that are starting off their New Year Resolutions.
The answer is that there is no real “best” exercise or machine. The best one is whatever activity that you enjoy to do and will keep doing. Let me explain.
To burn off fat, you need to be in a negative caloric balance. You need to burn more calories every day than you take in. Cardio is an excellent way to burn off some of those extra calories, as well as being good for strengthening your heart and lungs.
You can alter any cardio exercise so that you burn the same amount of calories in a given time.
For example if you burn 200 calories by walking on the treadmill in 30 minutes, you could ride the bike and adjust the tension or the RPM’s so that you burn 200 calories in 30 minutes. Same goes for any type of cardio or piece of cardio equipment out there. You can always make adjustments to the intensity to burn more calories.
The key factor in the cardio equation is how much you enjoy the particular cardio equipment that you are using. If someone tells you that running is the best way to lose weight and you want to lose weight than you will probably try running. If you hate running you will probably use any excuse to avoid it, therefore it is not a very good exercise for burning off fat. If you enjoy biking and will do it several times a week and will not make excuses to avoid biking, you will have better success in the long run.
The key to dropping those unwanted pounds is being consistent. The key to being consistent is engaging in activities that you enjoy doing and will continue to participate in.
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