What Is The Best Form Of Cardio?

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So you have decided you want to lose weight. This might be your first try or your twelfth – it doesn’t matter. Either way the first things people do when they want to lose weight is change their diet and start doing cardio. That’s not an ideal approach because it doesn’t involve any type of strength training but it will still work for a short time.
A calorie deficit is the most important factor determining weight loss success so obviously eating fewer calories and burning more is a good thing.
You will absolutely lose weight if you do those things consistently. However most people don’t actually track their food intakes so they just end up eating more to ‘compensate’ for the cardio they did.
That’s why cardio makes some people gain weight instead of losing fat. The problem isn’t really the cardio. The problem is that they are eating more. And the worst part is that if you are doing this you likely don’t even know it!
That is why you absolutely must track your food intake if you want to lose weight. But that’s not the point of this article. The point of this article is that cardio is helpful when trying to lose weight.

It’s not as important as your diet and strength training but cardio still matters. (A lot!)spinning bikes

It is important that you consistently do some form of cardio. (Preferably 2 x a week for at least 30 minutes)

Unlike lifting weights cardio can be adjusted a lot to fit your lifestyle. I don’t care if you run on a treadmill, use the elliptical or go on a stationary bike.

It doesn’t make enough of a difference to make a difference.

It is very important that you do some cardio but what exactly you do is more or less up to you.

Cardio for weight loss is about burning extra calories, getting your heart rate up and improving your cardiovascular health.
You don’t really need any equipment to do cardio. All you need is a place to run outside. Personally I like to vary my cardio when I’m cutting. I either go on the stationary bike for an hour and watch television or I go outside for a long run.

So why do I vary my cardio?cardio treadmill

Quite simply to avoid boredom. Others constantly change the exercises they do in the weight room. That’s different and not something I recommend. You need to consistently do the same exercises so that you know when you make strength progress. If you want you can vary the isolation exercises that you do at the end of your workout. But changing any of the compound exercises in a lifting routine is not allowed.
If you change anything in a program you are no longer doing the same routine. What you are doing is writing your own routine that is similar to a popular routine. That’s fine if you don’t care about making slower progress (or no progress at all).
So cardio you can choose your exercises yourself but in the weight room you have to follow a proven program. (Like this one)

That’s how I stay consistent and avoid skipping cardio sessions.

It’s easy because I do everything I can to make it enjoyable.

I listen to upbeat music, watch TV or play video games to make the time go by faster.
I always say that I prefer making things easy rather than rely on my own discipline. That’s the way I think about dieting in general.

We are all human and make mistakes from time to time.

A good diet/training method makes it less likely that you make mistakes and quit.
All diets that create a caloric deficit ‘work’. What separates the good methods from the rest is how easy they are to maintain.

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