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Fitness Tip - Cardio as exercise

Cardio is one of the big three in the game of changing your body, the way I look at it there is diet, cardio and weights. The diet is self explanatory, the cardio is to burn calories before and after the cardio workout and weights are to create more muscle which automatically needs more calories just to maintain.

I will try in the future to add info on individual types of cardio training but for now just want to outline how, when and what kind of exercise counts. Firstly any time that you do 20 minutes or more exercise that does not hurt your muscles I consider it a cardio workout so examples would be biking, walking, running or even sports such as Tennis or Golf or Ballroom dancing. I try to make sure that I do some kind of cardio every day just to get my blood flowing and to get away from other distractions such as TV or computers. Another important thing to try to do is to change up your cardio from day to day just for variety more than anything.

The best time to get a cardio workout is in the morning. I myself ride a bike to work 25 minutes each way in the morning and afternoon and one of the main reasons that I like this is that when you have a workout of any kind in the morning it will raise your metabolism for 12 hours afterward, now most of the calories that you burn would likely be during the workout by I know that I feel better for hours after my ride compared to a non riding day. Here is a breakdown of the calories consumed during some activity; it is OK to just compare them more than trying at this point to deduct them from your caloric intake per day.

Calories Burned Per Hour Per Body Weight

Activity 75 lbs 100lb 150lb 200 lb
Bicycling, 10 km/h (6 mph) 135 160 240 320
Bicycling, 20 km/h (12 mph) 225 270 410 540
Running, 9 km/h (5.5 mph) 365 440 660 880
Running, 11 km/h (7 mph) 510 610 920 1,220
Running, 16 km/h (10 mph) 710 850 1,280 1,700
Jumping Rope 415 500 750 1,000
Swimming, 23 m/min (25 yd/min) 155 185 275 370
Swimming, 46 m/min (50 yd/min) 270 325 500 650
Tennis, singles 220 265 400 530
Walking, 3 km/h (2 mph) 125 160 240 320
Walking, 5 km/h (3 mph) 175 210 320 420
Walking, 7 km/h (4.5 mph) 245 295 440 590




Copyright 2005 Bill Nadraszky
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