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How to Burn Calories

Updated on July 7, 2009

Just about everything you do burns calories. It's true. You burn calories just sitting still. Your body burns calories while digesting food. You burn calories from chewing gum. But. Yes, there's a but.

You will not burn enough calories to maintain a healthy lifestyle just by relying on these kinds of calorie burners. The most efficient way to burn calories is through cardiovascular exercise. Consistent cardio exercise at a level that challenges you is the best way to burn calories, whether you are trying to maintain your weight or lose weight.

What is a cardio workout?

Cardio exercise is movement that raises your heart rate for a period of time like 20 to 30 minutes, or even longer. During your cardio workout, you should be sweating and breathing hard during the most intense part of your workout.

How do you know your workout is enough cardio?

Stay within your target heart range or use the simple Talk Test to make sure you are working at a good intensity. If your intensity is too easy, then your workout won’t be as effective. On the flip side, you could hurt yourself by working at an intensity that is too hard. What’s the Talk Test? You should be able to comfortably answer a question while exercising. Gasping and too out of breath to get the words out? You are probably overexerting yourself. Are you able to carry on a long discussion without a problem? Probably not exerting yourself enough.

How often should I exercise?

You should aim to work out five or six days a week. But, if you are new to exercising, then go for a minimum of three days a week. Gradually up the intensity of your workouts, and start increasing the frequency.

But don’t forget to give yourself rest days too. Recovery is good for the body (as long as it has something to recover from).

How long should I exercise?

It can range from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on your fitness level. Start out at what is comfortable for you, but don’t hesitate to push yourself a bit further. The more minutes you exercise after those initial 20 minutes, the more calories you are burning.

You don’t have to do your entire workout at once. If you do several mini-workouts throughout the day, you can easily fit 60 minutes in. The minutes add up quickly if you pay attention and plan.

Calorie Burning Exercises

Seriously, just about anything can burn calories, but effective calorie burners are those that get your heart rate up.

Walking

Running

Bicycling

Aerobics

Swimming

Rowing

Skating

Unfortunately, some ineffective calorie burners are:

Sex (I know it sucks...but you can't count it as cardio)

Sleeping

Sitting Around

Eating

Strength Training (it is so good for you, and everyone should do it, but it should be done in addition to cardio)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Stacie...very true and very well written, as always. And even if you miss a day or two just get back to it somethng is better then nothing (well for me anyway). Love you Baby...G-Ma :O) Hugs

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      AshleyVictoria 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Although lifting itself may not burn calories, you burn more calories during your cardio workouts if you have more muscle. Lifting is an important part of steady cario and calorie burn!

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      Stacie Naczelnik 7 years ago from Seattle

      Ashley: Totally. Strength training (which is not just lifting weights) is so important. And the stronger your muscles, the more calories you will burn while doing cardio AND at a resting heart rate.

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      diamondrose1 7 years ago from Australia

      I really like the advice.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      I did not know about the stronger muscles burning more calories thing. I thought you burned calories based on the activities you did?

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      Stacie Naczelnik 7 years ago from Seattle

      The number of calories you burn during a specific activity will be different from someone else doing the same activity. Let's pretend that you burn 100 calories doing jumping jacks for 10 minutes. Someone at a different fitness level could burn 112 calories or 90 calories for that same ten minutes.

      Your fitness level depends on a lot of things: how often you exercise, the intensity of your exercises, the kinds of exercises you do (strength training and cardio), etc.

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I love fitness hubs and tips to burn calories. ;-) Great to "see" you still hubbing away - over 300 hubs! Kudos. Can you burn calories in the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge? LOL!

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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      Very good info thanks for sharing...

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I think walking is simple to exercise , save for cardio and have benefit to prevent diabetes. more result is running. two thumbs up article. please visit me back.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Stacie, thanks for the advise. I have borderline high blood pressure and whenever I exercise on a regular basis, I notice that it is normal. So thanks for the reminder...I'm on my way out the door..

      Thanks

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      R. Johnson 7 years ago

      thanks for sharing, been doing 30-45 min exercise routine before going to work. Keeps me going for the rest of the day.

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      Brad 7 years ago

      Great points about the intensity factor and weight training. Both are so crucial to the overall fitness outcome- whether it be weight loss, toning, or shaping. Many people fail with their current workout regimen simply because they have misconceptions about how hard to workout. Simply put, losing weight and transforming your body and overall health is very hard work!

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      MarilynDuPont 7 years ago

      Well, the whole point is...Get Moving! Thanks for the insight. In the last 6 months, I have lost 43 pounds! I did this by working in my 75-85% cardio zone, weight training, and lest I forget, cutting caloric intake to 1200-1400 calories a day. I have been working out six days a week, and it really makes a difference staying up in the 75-85% zone. I look and feel so much better! Keep on sharing!

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      EcoAsh 7 years ago from Hemet

      Great Hub! When I started doing cardio at the gym I began to lose a lot of weight. Well that and watching what I eat.

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      Tina J. Gordon 7 years ago from USA

      Can you burn calories by THINKING about burning calories?

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      Mardi 7 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Thanks for the reminder why cardio is so important in weight loss and health.

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      jasonstevens 7 years ago from California, United States

      It's also important to remember that each calory you don't eat is a calory you don't have to burn.

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      Kimber777 7 years ago from PA

      Great article! I used to be in shape until my RA and fibromyalgia took control over me. I'm building myself-up with walking...soon would like to be in a marathon...

      Keep positive and never give-up...helps me:)

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      Camping Dan 7 years ago

      Just getting up and moving around can really do wonders for those who are sedentary. I myself am a runner and it does a fairly good job of keeping those extra pounds off that want to creep on now that I am older.

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      imran lover 7 years ago

      Thanks for the reminder why cardio is so important in weight loss and health.03234973301

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      Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub...thanks for the info.

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      pedro 7 years ago

      weight training will help you burn more calories during the day after workout..helps the metabolism speed up, the more muscle you have the more calories burned at rest..days you lift weights you will burn more energy that day..

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      gr8archer45 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Very concise & efficient info. I had been planning to start cardio excercies but wasn't too sure about the best one, thnk you for sharing ur knowledge with us :)

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      projectbuilder 7 years ago

      You have a solid list that will help a lot of people out. Nice job.

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      PeggyE 7 years ago

      Those are some nice tips. I never knew that 20 mins is all you needed to make a difference. I always was under the mistaken impression it needed to be an hour. Time to get busy!

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      soso inkster 7 years ago

      Very good info..

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      k3black 7 years ago from India

      gr8 work

      inspired by ur work

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      Travis C. 7 years ago

      Hi Staci

      Really like your hub; especially the part where you mention doing mini-workouts throughout the day. I haven't seen many people comment on this. I do little mini-workouts in front of the TV every day: things like jumping jacks, up downs, push ups, and sit ups. It's a terrific way to maintain fitness.

      Keep up the good work

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      bogartkick 7 years ago

      It's really important to burn calories because it helps you stay fit and healthy rather than doing nothing except eating more and more foods until you get fat. Exercise and regular diet are a great tandem to burn fats and calories.

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      Gin Delloway 7 years ago

      nice article!

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      Hannah Whatley 7 years ago

      I've been exercising everyday for almost two weeks..I'm noticing a change. Before that it was twice a week, if I remembered. How in the world to I work my inner thighs? Can you please contact me?

      -h

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      keep walking 7 years ago from ChangChun

      I'm trying to lose some weight

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      moposan 7 years ago

      Just stop overeating and start eating by your blood type.

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      mystarfinds 7 years ago from MAKATI CITY

      tnx

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      JaCee 7 years ago

      Great advice. I need to be doing some of these activities instead of reading about them!

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      truetalk 7 years ago

      Nice post - just to add to that - Kickboxing, Spin cycling and stair climbing are also good cardio exercises. Interval training is also another method to get effective cardio. After an initial warm-up, do short bursts of intensive exercise followed by moderate intensity. For example, if you normally walk at 3 mph - do a warm up at this speed for 3 minutes. Then walk at 4 or 4.5 mph for 30 to 60 seconds followed by walking at 2.5 mph for 60 to 90 seconds. Repeat this 7 or 8 times. This is only an example - do what ever works best for you. Interval training is similar to most games where there is brief periods of intensive cardio followed by brief rest periods.

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      musicprof 7 years ago from New Orleans

      Since I love to eat but my back prevents me from working out as effectively as I used to, turning to swimming has been the most effective calorie burner for me. Four times a week and early in the morning an hour after breakfast. Keeps me in good spirits for the rest of the day as well!

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      dipless 7 years ago from Manchester

      Nice article! I think this is the real problem with the obesity epidemic in western civilization today we do no or minimal exercise. I know we all lead busy lives but just doing 30 mins 4 times a week is enough as long as it gets that heart pumping. I thing encouraging people to exercise should be at ther front of everyones mind. AS musicprof said it also releases endorphines and makes you feel great!

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      Benz B 7 years ago

      THIS IS AN EXCELLENT HUB. VERY INFORMATIVE AND NICELY WRITTEN.

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      bspilner 7 years ago from Altanta, Ga.

      I really enjoy eating and I've found following this formula of doing cardio 20-60 minutes 5-6 days a week has given me a ton of leeway to enjoy the foods I love. Another great thing I've found is by playing rec league sports such as soccer and basketball (both very cardio intensive) in place of a days cardio workout is fun way to do a cardio workout. Nicely written hub!

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      lesterd2009 7 years ago from Beaches Of Florida

      Great Tips I do most of the stuff on the list and they work since I always try to stay on shape

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Excellent hub. Everyone needs to do more exercise today, for the simple reason it makes you feel and think better.

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      Seymour Clearlly 7 years ago from Las Vegas

      Very good info. I will have to resort back to this once I have my baby!

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      Rebecca Graf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Exercise and me need to get reacquainted. Now that the weather is nice, I'm planning on walking most days with the dog and kids. That way it won't be as boring.

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      Jimmy Fuentes 7 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga

      Great hub. We have all probably heard some of the info here and there but it is much more compelling and effective when put together all in one place like your hub.

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      BeautySpeaks 7 years ago from Prince Georges County, Maryland

      sex can be effective cardio...it just depends on what ur doing and for how long lol...

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      Stacie Naczelnik 7 years ago from Seattle

      Sex burns calories, but it is usually not effective cardio. Anything "can be", but with many things it is the exception, not the rule. There's a great article about whether sex counts as cardio on sparkpeople.com. I posted the link to it above the comments section.

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      JaCee 7 years ago

      Great advice, now with the weather changing it's great to see the different things that we can be doing instead of being inside watching tv.

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      ear3d2001 7 years ago

      Nice advice. I just started a low carb diet and these tips hopefully will help out.

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      personaltrainer 7 years ago from Beverly Hills

      I really like the advice that strength training is not lifting weights. It is in fact using resistance like your body, bands, etc. Women have a tendency to shy away from metal, and machines, and prefer body weight, and band. The body doesn't know the difference. Resistance is resistance.

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      ihabocs 7 years ago

      I think your article is very informative. Thanks

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      JessicaR1211 7 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Good job on this hub! I could learn a bit from you. lol

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      billnad 7 years ago

      There is a way that you can decrease the amount of time that it takes to workout and that is by doing circuit training, otherwise if you are doing it fast called High intensity circuit training which will burn fat quickly

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      dipless 7 years ago from Manchester

      Good interesting hub enjoyed reading it

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      admin@london_escorts 7 years ago

      your hub is really helpful especially to someone like me who needs to burn lots of calories. =)

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      pcdriverupdate 7 years ago from VA

      This hub is full of great info. A great resource. Thank you!

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      Polly@assurance hypothécaire 7 years ago

      I have been constantly reading this hub and it is really indeed got lots of very good information. I always do biking and playing badminton to burn calories.

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      my-success-guru 7 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hey Stacie,

      Great tips! I love the idea of several mini workouts! If you are looking for more great stratiegies for health wealth and happiness check out my Hubs!

      Take Care,

      Jim

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      Garrett McLee 7 years ago from Florida

      These are excellent tips, I have a similar process I use every morning before I head off to work.

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      MAIRA 7 years ago

      IM GOING 2 TAKE YOUR TIP IM HOPING THEY RELY GET ME 2 WERE I WOULD LIKE

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      Vietnam 7 years ago

      Thanks for your information

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      Kmadhav 7 years ago from New delhi

      just a great hub...........

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      llanishen 7 years ago

      Kapalbhati Pranayam is one way, if I may add. Good one.

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      ajm5050 7 years ago from NY

      Great read, thanks for all the helpful information.

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      creativeMind 7 years ago from Cochin

      fasting is good option..

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      lovemyself 7 years ago

      A good idea.

      I think drinking tea could lose weight too.

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      sunitachrist 7 years ago

      you can add dancing also

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      CJoseph 7 years ago from Oregon

      Good tips and I make use of doing little mini exercise routines throughout the the day!

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      my-success-guru 7 years ago from Upstate NY

      I think I should try this out!

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      Rudra 7 years ago

      walking and running are one the best ways for sure.

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      mwaky 7 years ago

      nice hub!

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      B-Zilla 7 years ago

      As a collegiate athlete, the only cardio our summer workouts include is running. The best way to burn calories would be for you is to run as hard as you can for as far as you can until you can't run any farther. Eventually this will lead to you running further and faster each time. It takes a lot of time, but it can be very worthwhile if you do this on a routine and you create goals for yourself.

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      my-success-guru 7 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi again Stacie,

      If you are interested I have a similar Hub called

      20 Minute Peak Point Aerobic Factor

      To Your Health Wealth and Happiness!

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      best of the web 7 years ago from US

      Nice post

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      bahman_vip 7 years ago from earth

      great hub

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      Barbara Yurkoski 7 years ago

      Nice succinct hub. Just the facts - deal with them. I like it.

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      Life Force World 7 years ago from Missouri

      Love it!

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      Gin Delloway 7 years ago

      nice hub! I like it!!

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      Man from Modesto 7 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      A good reminder!

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      Eric Bryan 7 years ago

      It's good to see a short, simple, clear, concise, helpful, hard-hitting article written in short, declarative sentences.

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      Stickyfoot 7 years ago

      I'm a big fan of my new Wii Fit... to make it an actual cardio workout I need to walk in place between the games. Great article!

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      unclesam 7 years ago from India

      nice hub,simple and great..!!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Reading all of this reminds me just how out of shape I am! I gotta get back to mountain biking again. The reason why I like it so much is because it is deceptively high cardio once you're get into the pace of peddling non-stop, plus it's low impact on your knees unlike running or jogging. Great hub stacie!

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      Useful Knowledge 7 years ago

      Very well written hub. This is great advice on staying fit. Keep up the great work!

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      pkoko 7 years ago

      Thank you very much for your hub :)

      keep it up!

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      Express-Furniture 7 years ago

      This is a very useful piece of knowledge about practical fat burning.

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      Dairyman 7 years ago

      Although the thumbrule says that weight gain is the difference between calorie taken in and that burnt out, there are more intricacies involved in the metabolism. Maintaining a healthy life style and doing regular exercise will keep the unwanted fat at bay.

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      vshining 7 years ago from Ellenwood GA

      Excellent hub.....totally enjoyed. Thank you. Kangen water has been known to assist in weight loss.

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      swathin2 7 years ago

      hello great your hub reached 100 help other one too so that they will also become popular like you

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      michelle.dragon99 7 years ago

      cool hub stacie.....but i want to recommend another very effective way for burn calories, which im practicing it now everyday, already 3 years, for maintaining my body figure....guest what...yeah... 20 minutes hula-hoop in a day :)

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      Stacie Naczelnik 7 years ago from Seattle

      Yes! Hula-hooping is a great form of cardio activity! It's not just for kids anymore.

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      Samantha Goodman 7 years ago from Australia

      Good advice Stacie!

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      Michelle Cesare 7 years ago from New York

      I do enjoy reading Hubs created by Hubbers. I like the fact that most Hubbers have useful information to share. Raising Cardio rate is a main key to burning calories. Interesting reading, thanks.

      mailxpress

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      Eat Smart Age Smart 7 years ago

      Water is really important for our bodies and for weight loss. The body works to absorb and use water and it’s burning calories the whole time that you do that. Apart from regular exercise, you should increase your liquid intake to help burn calories throughout the day.

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      Sexy jonty 7 years ago from India

      Wow .... one of the best hubs ....

      Great work ....

      great help .....

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      Love Marmalade 7 years ago from Manchester

      great Hub, im often holding conversations while tredmilling it up...maybe i need to go faster!?

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      healthgoji 7 years ago

      Good source of info - some form of resistance exercise is important to building muscle as lean muscle will affect how many calories your body burns at rest.

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      kenderso 7 years ago from Phoenix

      Another great article. Makes it seem a little easier to be successful.

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      aditya 7 years ago

      very nice tips .... keep it up ....

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      Sweet Blitz 7 years ago

      Great info - always looking for tips on diet and exercise

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      Vizey 7 years ago

      I think we should pay attention to our calorie intake rather than buring calories. when we eat less, we put on less weight. simple common sense.

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      Anandk 7 years ago

      Burning calories is quite important for our health. Learnt a lot about intake of less calorie foods. The hub is very informative. Nice hub.

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      Cameron Dinsdale 7 years ago

      Have you ever heard about the study that has shown if you reduce your caloric intake by thirty percent you can live for another ten to fifteen years?

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      pt21 7 years ago from Birmingham

      this is an interesting debate across the board, in essence any exercise that works the cardiovascular system can count as cardio surely so I would include strength training in there for sure, mainly because of the after burn factor of increased lean muscle tissue. It is also worth considering that humans did not evolve to be low slow runners, we were hunters, muscular and required to sprint across shorter bursts.

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      lilislist 7 years ago from New York, NY

      Love it! :D I will def. forward this to my friends :)

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      atulmoney 7 years ago from Ranchi-Jharkhand, India

      hv started - early stage - would follow all tips thnx

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      Robert Ballard 7 years ago

      Great hub and some great tips on burning calories.

      Robert Elias Ballard

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      kasauli 7 years ago from Delhi, India

      Everybody thinks that he/she is very busy so cannot spare time for even exercise.

      A simpler way to cut down calories might encourage them to pay little attention towards their beautiful body and enjoy healthy living.

      Your article is very encouraging.

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      redchic78 7 years ago from http://www.blogger.com/profile/11133584396040258140

      I am working on a weight problem of my own and I appreciate all the advice you have here!!!

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      johnnyfr 7 years ago from Ormskirk, Lancashire

      Nice advice - thanks.

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      articleposter 7 years ago

      Very good hub, not that I need to burn Calories, stil la good read :D

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      hgsouth 7 years ago

      Burning calories is all about duration...if you can do something for a long period of time, that's the best.

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      diet 7 years ago

      its reall great weight loss information

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      diet 7 years ago

      its really nice information to be shared

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      juicerlove 7 years ago

      Another good way to get a workout, even if you're busy, is to simply walk longer routes on your way to places, or take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators and such. That alone is a good way to get exercise

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Stacie Naczelnik,

      Great Hub! Thank you for some very helpful calorie burning tips!

      Blessings

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      carolarandall 7 years ago from Providence, RI

      Great hub! Maybe it will motivate me to get started.

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      christophallen 7 years ago

      Great Hub! We make this weight loss stuff way too complicated these days and I love how you keep it simple.

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Excellent hub Stacie! Very simply put and so right. I would like to add just one thing here. I read somewhere that if you change your work out plan after every two weeks, you tend to shed off weight easily. It's kind of confusing the body and forcing it lose extra pounds. I don't know how far that works. Good work.

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      Jose Aliaga 7 years ago from PERU-USA

      I love to run, I think is the best way to keep a good body !!

      I respect others methods as well, but I prefer to run for like 1 hour per day. =)

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      xravexheavenx 7 years ago

      Very well written. Thanks!

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      StevenCavendish 7 years ago

      This is a great hub with a lot of helpful tips about burning calories. Thanks for sharing Stacie.

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      Cheri Schultz 7 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the tips - I am all about exercising and healthy living.

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      Leop 7 years ago

      Very informative about burnig calories. Well written.I am going to try a few of this exercise. Thanks for tip.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Very good hub on burning calories, thanks for sharing. Creativeone59

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      ediddy5 7 years ago

      Basketbal is the ultimate workout. Anyone up for a 1 0n 1?

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      alman121 7 years ago

      if you want to lose calories start trading on Forex:)

      I lost 10kg. in month

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      Putz Ballard 7 years ago

      Great hub, for the last month my wife and I have been doing our morning exercise together, she does the eliptical while I do the treadmill. I have had knee replacements and the eliptical isn't a recommeded device for me,even though one burns more calories using this machine. Still after only a month she has lost 14 pounds and so have I. Great hub.

      Robert Ballard

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      Free God Of War 7 years ago

      Very nice tips! But I have to disagree when you say sex is an ineffective way to burn calories... It all depends on how you do it! :)

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      jacksongoh 7 years ago from Singapore

      Great hub there Stacie, a very good reference point for all us exercise freaks out there :-)

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      martycraigs 7 years ago

      Lifting weights is a great way to burn calories and each pound of muscle will help burn more calories.

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      Haydee Anderson 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      thanks for sharing this exercise information. nice lens.

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      Sage Knowles 7 years ago

      the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest, so its still very valuable to lift weights if your goal is weight loss and calorie burn

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      Carl "Fitness" 7 years ago from Boston, MA

      Great Hub - thanks for writing it. Bummer about sex. But regarding weight training, I agree with some of the other comments. Weight training is actually great for burning calories, because the extra muscle actually burns calories even while you are at rest!

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      Stacie Naczelnik 7 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks to everyone for all of the great comments! Just to clarify, I never said that weight training does not burn calories. However, just weight training alone will not be enough for beginners learning about how to effectively burn calories. Weight training is hugely important for overall health, and I think everyone should incorporate a strength training routine into their regular exercise schedules.

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      jenniferhughs 7 years ago

      If I don't have time for cardio I atleast do some sqats and ab crunches...just so i do SOME exercise everyday.

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      Kathleen Lewis 7 years ago from Southern Michigan

      My husband laughs at me when I tell him cleaning the house burns calories. While true, it doesn't get my heart rate up high enough to be a weight-sustaining and/or losing exercise. I love to go for brisk, 30 minute walks. If the weather is bad, I use my treadmill.

      Several years ago I read that load-bearing exercises help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Yet another reason to burn some calories.

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      mzoghori 7 years ago

      this is a relly great hub. This is really nice information that you are sharing. Have you tried to suppliment the exercise with Acai Berry Suppliments, believe me when I tell you you loose weight even faster. The Acai Berry Suppliment is purely natural and can be an excellent weight loss aid if combined with exercise and diet since it contains omega fatty acids. Omega fatty acids are found in fish oil and have been discovered over time to be good for you. These fatty acids are not stored in the body, instead it is used by the liver to kick start the body's mechanism and speed it up greatly. This enables the body to burn up calories hence losing weight.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Stacie Naczelnik, Great informative Hub on burning calories! Thank you for the most helpful tips, Blessings!

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Thanks for the great info. Nice hub. I knew a little bit about burning calories, but this is great!

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      garcilazoand 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great stuff! really enjoyed it.

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      joncento 7 years ago from Australia

      Biking at the gym does it for me - plus I get to watch the news/sport while I do it! Love doing cardio!

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      Hendrika 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      As far as the sex things goes I suppose it all depends! Thanks for the good info

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      bwlprogram 7 years ago

      And here I thought strength training is one of the best cardio workout ever. However, I agree and disagree with your strength training fact.

      For me, sleeping is a good cardio workout as well. The only thing is we don't have to this too much by oversleeping.

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Great info about burning calories. I always knew to exercise to loose weight, but few realize why.

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      Cherri Brown-Jett 7 years ago from Richmond

      If everyone would read this hub, it would cut down tremendously on obesity. There are so many ways to maintain good health that are natural. People don't realize it because they are looking for some miracle pill to do it, instead of doing it themselves and naturally. Thank you for sharing this hub.

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      Patrick Collins 7 years ago

      thanks for sharing that , great hub . I can use this info

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      qing122 7 years ago from http://wwv.0fees.net

      great hub I like it

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      London Escort Girls 6 years ago

      Thanks for share secret of wait loss .

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      chrysstil 6 years ago

      interesting informations.Thanks!

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      Angela 6 years ago

      Nice story as for me.

      It would be great to read something more about this matter. Thanks for sharing that information.

      Ahgela

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      what are calories 6 years ago

      Like this hub! Very informative!

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      AutumnLockwood 6 years ago from Northern California

      Well written hub. Thanks for all the information.

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      WeNdYpOoPoO 6 years ago from Hudson Valley NY

      I like this hub but...I am here to say sex does burn calories my boyfriend and I hit a point of finding each other again and we were umm very sexual I lost 25 lbs my best friend asked me what diet I was on. I was doing nothing different other then an increase in sex.

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      gachapoz 6 years ago

      Really informative and well written, i got all the information easily, and it was some good stuff too. Good tips for the exercises, i especially found the "ineffective" and "effective" calorie burning activity differentiation helpful.

      Thanks!

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      Rajiv  5 years ago

      Even Yoga can lead to reduced calories, and there are many more advantages associated with Yoga. However, the hub is great, and very informative as well.

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      This is great information! I've been adding a lot of cardio to my workout and it really helps with my mood and my weight as well. Great tips here, thanks for sharing this!

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      sammythrone 5 years ago from North America/South America/Europe/Asia

      Hi Stacie,

      Indeed this is super information for people who want to burn calories. There is really no big secret to getting rid of excess calories. Just need to work on it like what you have suggested. Thanks

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