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Bodyweight Cardio Burns More Fat

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Yes, bodyweight cardio burns more fat than cardio done on a treadmill, elliptical machine or seated bike. Bodyweight cardio will help lean and tone your body better than slow, long duration cardio sessions on machines. Doing too many long cardio sessions on machines will eat away at your muscle mass! Machines also do some of the work for you by generating momentum.

Traditional long, slow, lower-intensity aerobic exercise on machines is good for beginners or those who have been inactive. But, if you have been exercising for a while, you need to challenge yourself and take your fat loss and weight loss to the next level.

A bodyweight cardio workout is always waiting to happen because you take your body everywhere you go. You don't need a gym membership because you don't need exercise equipment to burn fat. You also don't need much time to burn fat (a 20 minute workout will do the trick). You need to consistently work hard and eat right to burn more fat and lose more weight.

Doing bodyweight cardio at home is one of the most convenient ways to stay fit! A 20 minute bodyweight cardio workout doubles as a strength and cardio workout and you don't have to waste time traveling to and from a gym!

One of the best ways to break through your weight loss/fat loss plateau is to "ramp up" the intensity of your workouts. My observations of people working out is that many just simply don't go hard enough! Changing your body’s composition (more muscle, less fat) takes hard, smart work!

Bodyweight cardio workouts use natural body motions that don't limit your natural range of motion like machine lifting does. And, doing bodyweight cardio exercises at full speed will burn even more fat and calories!

Here is a good bodyweight cardio workout to try:

This is a 20-minute bodyweight cardio workout that you can do at home, at the park or at work. This workout is a strength and cardio workout. Do each exercise one after the other with little or no rest between exercises.

--Bodyweight Squats, 10 repetitions
--Pushups, 10 repetitions
--Mountain Climbers, 10 repetitions, fast
--Inverted Rows, 10 repetitions
--Triceps Dips, 10 repetitions

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EmpowHER Guest

Great article. I blog about cardio and fitness myself :P

February 1, 2010 - 11:21am
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