With a lot of gimmicky exercise routines and products on the market today, it can make it very difficult to decode what can work best for you.
So here are a few tips:
Walking Burns between 300-400 calories per hour and is ideal if you are gradually getting back into any form of exercise or if you don't want to get caught up at the gym.
Running burns around 600 calories per hour. Although running is a higher impact exercise than walking, you can start to see how much more efficient it is at burning calories.
Cycling burns about 600 calories an hour. In my opinion a better option than running because of the lesser impact on the body and you tend to feel this working faster than running. (Usually that burning sensation will creep up faster than running!)
Swimming burns around 600 calories per hour. Again a fantastic low impact exercise and very easy on the body.
Rowing burns approx 840 calories per hour. Rowing is an excellent total body exercise. What makes it so efficient at burning calories is the movement recruits a lot of different muscle groups, therefore requiring more energy from your body in the form of calories.
Although a much higher impact exercise than rowing, skipping burns over 1000 calories per hour. It is best used for shorter periods for this reason.
So What Is The Best Form Of Cardio?
Any one of these exercises with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) incorporated into it. I've preached it a thousand times and I'll preach it again, nothing burns more total calories than HIIT. Choose an exercise and start with 30sec of intense effort and 15sec complete rest, try for 20mins in total.
REFERENCES: Carerra, M & Vani, N. (2006). "The Best Exercise for Weight Loss."
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