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Why Cardio? To Lose Inches

A friend of mine, a proclaimed hater of cardio, decided to test the aerobic exercise waters to see what all the hype was about. After six weeks, she tells me in a surprised tone that while she has not lost any weight, she has lost two inches off her waist. And there is the reason to learn to love cardio, or at least factor it into your fitness program (love might be pushing it). If you don't have a fitness program, why not start one today and make cardio a cornerstone of your new regimen, along with the other cornerstone, weight training. Add some stretching and you are set!

Weight loss happens when you burn more calories than you eat, and cardio will definitely help you burn the calories. While my friend didn't lose pounds, she did shed inches. Muscle is more dense when compared to fat, so a pound of muscle takes up less room than a pound of fat. Just wanted to remind you all the scale is not the ultimate means of measuring progress when you want to lose weight. You want to lose fat and if you are getting smaller, then you are losing unwanted fat.

Say it with me: All hail cardio!!!

Looking for a new workout? Check out these cardio routines. You are sure to find something inspiring.


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