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What is the Best Form of Cardio?

The Best Form of Cardio: Any Cardio Will Do

I get the question, "What is the best cardio?" a lot. So I wanted to address it publicly. The best cardio, in my opinion, is anything that you will actually do. Sure there are arguments on whether the elliptical is better than the Treadmill, or the Stepmill is better than the stationary bike, but the reality is that you will reap the most benefits from any cardio that you do as long as you actually do it. So get out there and figure out which is the best for you.

For me, it's running outside — it happens to be my favorite way to work out and I know that doing something I like actually increases the likelihood I'll do it. So what is the best form of cardio for you?


Spectra Spectra 9 years
I would definitely say any cardio you actually DO is better than something you won't do. I prefer the elliptical or running, jumping rope, and cardio kickboxing for a class. I also love biking. Mostly, I like to mix things up so I don't get bored.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm glad to hear that it doesn't matter which you do. i'm a die hard elliptical person and i've been adding in the bike a LOT lately in my workout.
jenintx jenintx 9 years
my faves are arc trainer and recumbent bike (for indoors) and yoga/pilates/kickboxing (for classes). outdoors i can't really run that well b/c of my knees, so i would have to say walking my dog (who is 60 pounds of all muscle), which is a combination of jogging (as much as my knees allow) and power walking.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Elliptical and treadmill at the gym as well as group exercise toning classes. Outdoors--walking, walking, walking.
herfallingstar herfallingstar 9 years
I actually do shuttle runs in my garage (it's pretty big)
FitSweetie FitSweetie 9 years
Running outside in the nature! It's much more fun than going to the gym, I get some fresh air and the nature keeps me distracted, so I don't think about how hard I'm working. But when the weather isn't so good - elliptical at home, in front of the TV with my favourite series or movies.
Sugar_Rush Sugar_Rush 9 years
Running outdoors :D Just a shame that for six months of the year it's nigh on impossible due to dark nights/mornings and horrendous weather. Never mind.. spring is here and the running shoes are out!
kimbly kimbly 9 years
Elliptical! (Hooray for...reading a magazine while working out.) When I am feeling super-motivated, I do both the elliptical and the bike. I am trying to do more jogging outside, though. When it's beautiful out, it's certainly a fantastic experience! PS: Arc trainer? What's that!
Fit-Mommy Fit-Mommy 9 years
I agree completely! If you like it, you are more likely to WANT to do it simply because it is. Like going to the beach. You like it so you go back. I prefer running, cycling, yoga, pilates, swimming, anything just to be active- so I do something everyday.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Elliptical all the way!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
Running and cycling. I hate the elliptical, I feel like it does nothing for my body.
rivekkah rivekkah 9 years
At the gym, the elliptical. Outdoors, it's biking. I wish I could run, but my knees are shot.
camellia2 camellia2 9 years
i loove the elliptical. i just cannot do running, have always hated it, so the treadmill is out for me. and i've been wanting to try spinning! aside from the gym, i'm a ballet dancer, if that counts as cardio...
AMP AMP 9 years
Gym - treadmill Outside- hiking My apt - tae-bo Class- cardio sculpt
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
DANCING! the rest is just training for more dancing.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
I love to start off on the treadmill doing intervals and lots of incline work for about 20 minutes...then i move to the elliptical and get another 15-20 minutes in on that. I was doing the recumbant bike...but since i read that it really isnt as effective as the other cardios...i have switched to the elliptical. I actually love the elliptical more now! :D Cardio is key though...everyone needs it!
technicolor technicolor 9 years
Running is fun sometimes, but it can get old fast. I like upbeat cardio DVDs. I feel ridiculous doing them, but it definitely makes the time go by.
Lilybeth84 Lilybeth84 9 years
Spinning and elliptical!
msjean msjean 9 years
elliptical! i have my own machine which is esp great in the winter!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I run outside. It's cheaper, it's more interesting and it reconnects me with nature. Occasionally, spinning classes are fun though. :D
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 9 years
Arc-Trainer... Indoors Spin...Class Hiking... Outdoor
oilinwater oilinwater 9 years
I dont like going to gym for cardio so I bought a Reebok step from Target for $30 and I step up & down as I watch tv. It certainly gets your heartrate up! I try to set challenmges of I'll take a break when commercial comes on. I also like to go hiking when the weather is nice & catch up with friends at the same time.
lrcaraway lrcaraway 9 years
I try to change it up. I tend to do the treadmill with a steep incline the most then the elliptical glider then the stair step. Occasionally, I will do the rower or the stationary bike.
Auburngirl08 Auburngirl08 9 years
millarci millarci 9 years
Arc trainer all the way!
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