Another reason to add the burst of exertion at the tail end of a workout helps fire up the glorious fat-burning engine known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC, AKA the afterburn). This is when your body has to expend more energy after strenuous activity in order to return the body to its normal resting state.
If cardio feels torturous or boring, try something new or get outside. Research suggests exercising outdoors can be more enjoyable and result in feelings of revitalization, decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression, and energy boosts.
It’s true that the exercise bike burns fewer calories than other activities such as water aerobics, according to the Mayo Clinic(opens in new tab). It does have some advantages over its rivals when it comes to at-home equipment though. A treadmill is much higher impact, so will be harder on your joints, and the rowing machine is technically harder to master, so the exercise bike is still a great choice.
If you’re focused on strength training, the thought of adding cardio to your workout routine might make you a little uneasy, and look, I don’t blame you. As someone who prefers spending my workouts in front of the bench press in my garage, I’m not always interested in cardio either. Not to mention, there are studies out there that show cardio is the best way to reduce body mass, which, let’s be honest, isn’t exactly what we all want to hear when we are hitting the weight rack...but that doesn’t mean we should dismiss it completely.
Twenty minutes of cycling may prime muscles in the arms to grow more while lifting.
The exercise is freakin’ hard, but a thrilling activity regardless of where you live.
Cycling. Running. Dancing. Hiking. Kickboxing. When it comes to cardiovascular exercises, the options are endless to improve your overall quality of life.
You rarely hear anyone say, "I just love cardio!”. But it's a necessary evil for staying healthy, losing weight, and/or maintaining a healthy BMI (not to mention a whole host of heart benefits).
The fat-burning benefits of HIIT, however, have been greatly exaggerated, and it doesn’t work nearly as well for fat loss as some like to claim. Here’s a closer look at the science on cardio and weight loss and what it all means for you.
Overall, from the experts’ perspective, one exercise isn’t necessarily outright “better” than the other – the same way there isn’t one kind of magic diet that helps you quickly lose weight – but the best thing to do is find something that you like to do regularly, whether that’s running for 30 minutes a day or doing a one hour HIIT program three times a week.
There is more than one reason to diversify your workout regime if your motive is to drop kilos and fit into your old denim.
Essentially, anything that increases your heart rate and makes you sweat is cardio. (Yoga and Pilates often don't raise your heart rate enough, but you can count them as a strength workout.) The options of what you can do are almost limitless...
Running has become so popular, in part, because a mountain of evidence suggests it’s great for a long, disease-free life.
Cardio has gotten too much airtime for too long.
You might have noticed recently how cardio has become an almost dreaded word in fitness industry and something that you should pretty much remove from your vocabulary altogether.
But is cardio actually bad for you?
Cardio is a pillar of exercise that has a reputation for improving heart health, contributing to weight maintenance, and for being an essential component of every workout program.