Thursday, January 10, 2013

Burning calories through cardio

How do you burn the most calories? You need to get your heart rate up as high as you can and the best way to do so is through cardio exercises. Their benefits include and are not limited to:

·         Losing weight, burning calories
      ·         Improving cardiovascular health
·         Reduces high blood pressure
·         Reduces the risk of diabetes
·         Reduces cholesterol levels
·         Helps strengthen your immune system
·         Sweating is a great way to release toxins from the body

The best part about it, it’s free.
Go jogging three to four times a week around the block. Make sure to stretch before and warm up so you don’t pull or strain any muscles. Some people wear ankle weights which can help strengthen your leg muscles even more.

Did you know?
  • Over 1 billion pairs of running shoes are sold world-wide each year.
  • 104.3 calories are burned every mile when running at a 10 minute/mile pace.
  • When we run, the human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.
  • In order to burn off a big mac (540 kcal), a 140 pound female would have to run for 52 minutes at a 10 minutes/mile pace.
  • Running burns about 50% more calories than walking.
  • An average man has enough energy in his fat stores to run non-stop for 3 days at 15 miles per hour.

Cycling Other than being an efficient form of transportation it's a great way of exercise. Take a ride to the nearest park, bring someone along whether it’s your significant other, children or even a friend, and make it a fun experience.
Did you know?
  • Adults who bike to work have better weight, blood pressure, and insulin levels.
  • Women who bike 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer.
  • Adolescents who bicycle are 48% less likely to be overweight as adults.
  • The U.S. bicycle industry sold $5.6 billion in bicycles and equipment in 2009.
  • More than three times as many new bicycles (14.9 million) are sold in the U.S. each year than cars (4.6 million).
  • For every 1 mile pedaled rather than driven, nearly 1 pound of CO² (0.88 lbs) is saved.
  • The health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks by a factor of 20 to one.
Jumping rope This activity could be even more beneficial than running or cycling. Listen to this:

"This aerobic exercise can achieve a "burn rate" of up to 700 calories per hour of vigorous activity, with about 0.1 calories consumed per jump. Ten minutes of jumping rope is roughly the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile. Jumping rope for 15–20 minutes is enough to burn off the calories from a candy bar”

Really?! Start incorporating some cardio into your daily routines and see how health improves, your calories go down and stamina increases!


  1. That is a funny comic! I don't know if I can jump rope for 15-20 mins but the information you provided overall is interesting. I do like going for bike rides!

  2. I love to jog. When I jog before doing homework I find myself much better able to focus! I have to run in the morning though. I always find a good reason not to do it if I save my jog for after work.

  3. Although not really cardio, I really enjoy Tai Chi classes. It's more of a workout than you would think.