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Burn the Most Calories in your Cardio Workout

June 18, 2009

Whether it’s walking, jogging, bicycling, elliptical, or playing tennis with a friend, the best cardio workout is the one that you will enjoy the most. But if you are looking for a calorie-blasting workout, you want to find one that will give a full body workout. Bicycling is great, but it mainly works the legs, whereas swimming not only works the legs but it works the arms, shoulders, and back. From my research I have found that the elliptical is rated as the #1 calorie torching cardio machine. It will burn more calories in a shorter amount of time with the added benefits of less stress on your joints and a toner body. For those of you that enjoy running or walking, there are ways to get a full body workout and increase the amount of calories burned. One can walk/jog on an incline such as a hill and pump the arms while using small hand weights.

Here is a run down of the calories you will burn in 30 minutes (based on a 150lb female)
1.) Elliptical Trainer 400 calories in 30 minutes.
2.) Swimming approx. 400 calories in 30 minutes.
3.) Running approx 250-300 calories in 30 minutes.
4.) Bicycling 250 to 500 calories in 30 minutes.
5.) Walking 180 calories in 30 minutes. Sprinting, adding hills or an incline can increase amount of calories burned.

If you want to get more bang for your exercise buck, the best way to approach any cardio workout is through interval training. Interval training involves both high and low intensity settings throughout one’s workout. This type of cardio is better because it torches calories in a shorter amount of time, makes the time go by ten times faster, and your metabolism will stay at a “high” throughout the day in comparison to a steady workout that decreases soon after, leading to a lose of more fat. Design your own interval training by doing 2 minutes of high intensity such as sprinting and 1 minute of jogging. For an elliptical or bicycle you can increase and decrease the intensity.

Good Luck and remember- keep it fun and exciting!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2009 4:03 PM

    My favorite machine is the elliptical. However, I do like to run outdoors. I try hard to get my daily intake of water. There are times though I like to have something sweeter! Juicing has helped with that craving.

    • Ruth permalink*
      June 21, 2009 5:01 AM

      Mike, I too need something sweet. I love crystal light. They say that people get in 70% more water when they add crystal light… random fact

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