Everyone that is into cardio workouts has their personal favorite, and we feel that the best are the one you can enjoy and look forward to doing three to four times a week. If you look forward with anticipation to your next cardio workouts, most of the battle against fat loss will be won. However, each have their advantages and we will break down the best cardio workouts at home, then at the gym to lose body fat.
Best cardio workouts at home: step aerobics. These target your legs, hips and glutes, and can easily be set up to work at home with the aid of an aerobic step plus height adjustment (around $20) and some music. One of the favorites for women, 30 minutes of these can burn as many as 400 calories. These workouts can be enhanced to burn additional body fat by moving your arms in conjunction with your legs and using wrist or hand weights. As the exercise becomes easier, add ankle weights and increase the height of the step.
Brisk walking is also considered one of the best cardio workouts at home. It is one of the less strenuous forms of cardio workouts, and would be excellent for the person working their way back to greater fitness. Walking can burn up to 180 calories in 30 minutes, and can be enhanced by sprinting or jogging short distances or briskly walking up steep inclines. For those inclined for high intensity cardio workouts, many people would consider the best cardio workouts at home to be jumping rope. One of the best cardio workouts there is, it will burn about eleven calories per minute, and if you really crank up the intensity you can get it up to a whopping 20 calories per minute.
For the best cardio exercises at the gym or fitness center, much of that will be determined by personal choice. If you are a water person, swimming is great because, like cross country skiing it gives the full body a tremendous workout. If you swim, it is recommended to do it on a regular basis as it will be important to build up your stamina for swimming. Also, work within you fat burning zone for the most optimum burning of body fat. The best way to monitor your heart rate is to wear a waterproof heart rate monitor. Racquetball is not only fun and challenging, but a 30 minute session can burn 400 calories. Elliptical trainers are great for building endurance, and can burn about 300 calories in 30 minutes if used on the middle to high resistance. One of the great advantages of going to the health club is most of the cardio workout equipment has pulse monitoring devices that are quite accurate, which takes much of the guesswork out of knowing if you are staying in the high intensity cardio zone.
Which brings us to devices that measure calories burned and body fat loss. Reports of the accuracy of these devices vary widely, and although there is equipment that can measure calories burned accurately, it is very expensive laboratory equipment not designed for personal use. Until something better is developed through technology, we will still use the heart rate to monitor our cardio exercises.