Among the best exercises for losing weight is dedicated cardiovascular workouts. Determined cardio not only helps people lose weight, but increases a person’s physical stamina, enabling them to work out longer with less strain and pressure while still being relatively comfortable.
Additionally, cardio builds up over time and with dedicated efforts, a person can push themselves ever harder to lose more weight without injuring themselves. There are a wide range of cardio exercises, each of which has its own ups and downs. Cardio workouts include walking, jogging, running, bicycling, swimming or working out on an elliptical machine. No particular cardio exercise is inherently better, though more intense ones such as swimming or bicycling do tend to burn calories faster. Otherwise it’s a matter of pure personal preference.
While cardio is good all around exercise, its capacity to burn through fat can be noticeably enhanced through a fairly simple technique. It is a good idea to have periodic bursts of more intense physical activity in a person’s regular work out. Sometimes this is as simple as transforming a run into a jog or a relaxed swim into a racing level of haste.
However, these bursts of more intense physical activity should be brief and evenly scattered across a work out routine. One surge of more intense physical activity every five minutes for a total of thirty seconds before going back to the normal work out is a good number for a half hour work out. However the increased activity is done, it should leave the exerciser breathing hard and looking forward to working out less intensely.
This process of relaxed activity followed by brief bursts of more intense activity is a reliable way of temporarily increasing the body’s metabolism, allowing it to burn more calories just to keep functioning. This doesn’t last any more than 24 hours, however, and it takes months of working out in such a fashion in order to create a truly long term change in weight. Patience is key here as weight is not gained slowly and thus it will not be lost slowly either.
While cardio aerobic exercises are the best exercises for losing weight, it should be noted that other forms of exercise are also quite useful. Cross training in areas of the body other than cardio training do not burn as many calories, but they can none the less be useful as part of a larger work regimen that enhances cardio training as well.
Strength training does not burn as many calories as most people think it does and while larger muscles do burn more calories just being there, this is not a very significant loss. That said, strength training is a very good complement to cardio training as it can improve stamina and enable longer cardio work outs with more bursts of intense activity for longer periods of time. While nothing but intense activity will not do much for a person’s metabolism, more intense activity in each work out can, in many ways, be an even better calorie burner.