However, not all aerobic activities are the same. Some programs are better than others, especially for weight control. The general recommendation for aerobic fitness (NOT weight loss) is 20-40 minutes of moderate activity 3-5 times a week.
If you're talking weight loss, you're looking at a different picture. People who have lost weight - and kept it off - exercise more than that. To burn off one pound of fat, you need to have a 3500 calorie deficit between exercise and diet (MOST of the expended calories are to come from exercise) during the course of a week. So you're looking at reducing your calorie intake by a little over a hundred calories a day, and the rest from exercise.
"That's a lot of calories burned from exercise, Gar. That means I'm going to have to practically LIVE in the gym! Who has time for that?"
Effective, calorie-burning aerobic programs blend a variety of intensity levels with a variety of activities. Not only do they burn extra calories, but the variety helps you to stick with it.
So you're going to divide your aerobic workout into 15 minutes spent on 3-4 different exercises for a great alternative to doing the same darn thing on ONE machine every time you work out.
I've taken the four most popular machines and mixed and matched them and created 45-60 minute, no-boredom-allowed, serious-calorie-burning workouts. BUT, you'll be the creative person you are and mix and match to come up with YOUR favorite combinations.
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