What Should I Do for Cardio to Burn Calories?
As a followup to “What food should I eat while trying to lose weight?,” I wanted to answer another common question in regards to burning calories.
A lot of folks wonder what kind of cardio they should be doing, whether low intensity workouts or high intensity workouts, the treadmill or elliptical or elliptical machine, P90X or so on and so forth, but the only responsible answer is this: do anything you’d like to burn calories.
Just try to make a conscious effort to burn calories on a regular basis.
As with counting calories, adherence to any sort of plan is more important than holding off for the perfect plan, or trying to stick to a plan that you can’t realistically follow for more than a few weeks.
If you’re having a hard time losing weight and sticking to a routine for more than a few weeks, quit worrying so much about exactly what you’re doing and make sure you do something. Try to aim to burn calories for a “reasonable” amount of time every week, maybe say 4-6 days a week for 30 minutes a day.
It doesn’t matter what you do to burn calories, you can walk the dog, do yard work, get on the treadmill or elliptical, ride your bike around the block, etc.
Do whatever, but just do it consistently for the rest of your life.
Ultimately, you’ll lose more weight by doing cardio you can stick to for years than following some short-lived or “perfect” exercise program that comes and goes off your schedule after a few weeks.