Cardio Workout Fundamentals
If you're looking for the best cardio workouts for a treadmill, elliptical
trainer, exercise bike and running read this page very carefully.
An effective cardio workout is one that suits your goals at any given
point in time. For example, if you're just starting a workout plan and
trying to get in shape, it doesn't make any sense to do a cardio workout
that is for marathon training!
And Likewise, it wouldn't do a trained athlete any good to do a 'fat
burning' workout designed for a beginner when the athlete needs to increase
ther VO2 max...
Types of Cardio Workouts
There are three basic types of cardio workouts. Choosing one depends
on your goals.
General Cardio Workouts
Most people will choose a beginner cardio workout for their workout plan.
You can perform a good cardio workout for general fitness by using a treadmill,
elliptical trainer, exercise bike, running, roller blading or rebounding
In a general cardio routine, there is no specific goal in mind except
to increase your overall fitness level to improve your day to day activity
and stress level.
Fat Loss Cardio Workout
The main goal of this type of cardio workout is fat loss and weight
loss. The intensity should remain high through the entire workout. The
best way to lose fat on this type of workout is to use a treadmill, exercise
bike or elliptical trainer either at home or at the club.
Try to do some form of interval training as that will burn the fat quicker.
If you're not familiar with interval training try this interval
training cardio workout.
Sport Specific Cardio Workout
If you're training for a marathon, getting ready for a long bike
tour, or getting in shape for football, golf, softball etc., you need
to train specifically for that event with your cardio workout.
The best cardio workouts for each sport will vary depending on what the
specific goal is - if you're training for a 10k your cardio workout will
be much different than one for competing in swimming.
Checkout this great resource for how
to design the best cardio program for your goals.