Cardio for Calories

When most people do “cardio” they’re doing cardio for calories. As in, they are doing it to burn calories, typically to lose weight.

Normally it’s a slang term for cardiovascular exercise, but really I think that it’s just about calories.

We’ve simplified the term into this overarching concept for getting our sweat on, checking our smart watch to see if we’re done, and feeling like we’ve burned off that desert from last night.

Sadly, this process is usually only done on 3 specific machines. You know, the ones found in the “cardio area” of any commercial gym. Yup, the Treadmill, Elliptical and Bike.

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For this article I want to focus on the idea of burning calories and what else could be a better option for our “cardio” workout. Continue reading “Cardio for Calories”

“Man drops 10 pounds in 7 days… woman drops 2”

Why?

Why does it always seem that a man can drop massive amounts of weight in no time at all while we slave away for weeks and months to get our bodies to do the same?

I wanted to delve in a bit deeper to see if it had anything to do with me cheating on my diet every once in a while or if it really is all about the human body. Good news… it’s pretty much all to do with how different the male and female bodies are built! Yay!

Essential body fat is necessary to maintain life and reproductive functions. The percentage of essential body fat for women is greater than that for men, due to the demands of childbearing  and other hormonal functions. The percentage of essential fat is 2–5% in men, and 10–13% in women.  Although this is not the exact news we want to hear, it makes a ton of sense and confirms the age old tale of “Men have more muscle, therefore they burn more calories”. It takes a man hundreds more calories to live throughout the day then it ever will for us gals, so let’s try not to match our other halves bite for bite!

Moral of the story?  Make sure you have a plan built for you and don’t compare yourself to others.  Everybody’s journey is different!

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