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Cardio workouts for Weight Loss

Updated on February 13, 2013

Cardio workouts for weight loss work. While many ridicule the boring treadmill, I improved my health and achieved weight loss with it.

How can we enjoy cardio workouts for weight loss?

Going to the basic first, weight loss may simply be expressed as Calories in < calories burned.

If you take in more calories than you’re using, you're probably gaining weight right now or have already gained weight.

To lose weight, you need to hold back on the calories going in, increase the calories being burned or do both. This is where diet and exercise come in. In terms of diet, you need to eat healthy foods at the right portions or servings. With regards to exercise, cardio exercises helps as a baseline to your workout routines. From this, work yourself up to resistance training and other different routines to have a successful weight loss.

Using cardio workouts for weight loss is good for beginners. Cardio exercises are excellent for burning calories and building strength. Start burning off calories with jogging or brisk walking, if you’re not yet into running. In time, you will build up speed and stamina that you will be able to run.

Cardio workouts for weight loss don't involve only running. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor cardio exercises that you can choose from. For cardio workouts for weight loss to work, you have to pick the exercise that you like. There are at home cardio exercises that don't need any equipment. As long as you do cardio exercises for workout regularly, it should work. This way, you build strength and stamina as you progress.

Reminder on cardio workouts for weight loss:Our body is a learning machine.

Our muscles will develop and our body will soon adapt to our workout routines, cardio or otherwise. Running every day at the same speed over and over will soon be boring. More so, you won’t be burning as much calories as the first time since your body has already learned to cope with this stress. When this happens, continue doing cardio workouts for weight loss while adding strength training to your routine. Start lifting light weights, do some crunches, push-ups or planks to improve your strength and stamina. You'll be able to burn more calories and shed more pounds.

You can do cardio and strength training exercises alternately everyday instead of doing them both at the same day.

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Try to resist this sweet temptation... even for a month.
At least go for the dark chocolates, if you really want some sweets.
At least go for the dark chocolates, if you really want some sweets.

Going back to the Calories in

While this is all happening, remember to watch what you eat, as well. Stay away from high-caloric foods like a cheesy pizza, a fatty burger or a sweet yummy cheesecake. Rather, eat the healthier options such as a tuna sandwich or a green salad. You want to feed your body with nutritious foods and lots of water while doing physical workout routines. Since you’re working your muscles out physically, it needs all the nutrition from low calorie foods in its system. Having an unhealthy diet renders your cardio workouts for weight loss ineffective.

Best cardio workouts for weight loss

The best cardio workout for me is running. But if you’re not a runner, there are other cardio workouts you can do to start with your weight loss journey. What’s important in choosing cardio workouts for weight loss is that you’re able to do it regularly; at least 3-5 times a week; and especially when you’re not just maintaining weight.

It is difficult to lose weight when you’re just starting out. There are bad habits to break and new ones to develop. However, when you do it right the first time, you don't have to re-start weight loss programs once more like what’s happening with most diet fads today. Cardio workouts for weight loss work because they can develop to a strong weight loss or weight maintenance routine in the future.

With this, I wish you luck with your cardio workouts for weight loss!

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    • beingwell profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Bangkok

      Do you also do cardio workouts, slimdude?

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      5 years ago

      I think that cardio is a great way to boost calorie deficit and it will definitely help you lose weight!!

    • beingwell profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Bangkok

      So true, janellegems. The best cardio workout for me is running. It'll really give you a good sweat.

    • Janellegems profile image


      5 years ago from United States

      Cardio workouts are absolutely necessary for weight loss. Great hub with valuable detailed information. Voted up.

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      6 years ago

      vote up awesome!

    • beingwell profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for you comments guys. Come back for more.

      Mmiler: It's the basics of weight loss and weight maintenance. We just have to apply it in our lives.

      WW: Yes, so true. Rest is essential for any type of exercise. It's a time our body heals and develops.

      OC: Cool! Thanks, thanks!

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      Olde Cashmere 

      6 years ago

      Excellent information and very helpful pointers. Great job with this hub beingwell, voted up, useful, and awesome :)

    • WookieWonderfuls profile image


      6 years ago from London, UK

      A great informative hub.

      Cardio being successful in burning fat which many mistake but doing weight training to tone up instead which is less successful if no cardio is involved.

      variety is the key, as you mentioned it gets boring doing the same thing over and over.

      Don't forget your body needs rest days through the week, rest period is when the muscles grow and not when you are actually working out :)

    • Mmiller_89 profile image

      Michael Miller 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      This was pretty simple to follow: watch what you eat and burn up excess calories. I've seen similar advice before, but you did a good job with the writing.


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