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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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klandrach klandrach 9 years
Cardio is one of the most diverse workouts ever. I think the key is the mix it up and challenge your body. If you have a gym then try spinning, kickboxing, bootcamp style classes, not to mention the not so popular machines like the rowing machine. There are so many cardio oriented workout videos out there as well and those can be a blast!
Ericka Ericka 9 years
I've seen women at the gym "doing cardio", but it's obvious they aren't really pushing themselves. They aren't exerting any effort and it's just a blah routine. I'm guessing they aren't losing, just maintaining.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm like hottpink and jenemite--I'm about 5'3" and 100 lbs and a size 0 as well. I do a lot of cardio...6 days a week I run 8+ miles, jump rope, and strength train 3 days a week. I like it because it allows me to actually eat, as opposed to just dieting and not working out.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
Thanks for this Fit. I just weighed myself today for the first time since June and saw that I gained 7 pounds in only 4 months. I was shocked. Now I can print out your Cardio suggestions and hopefully get back to my normal weight.
Athena1 Athena1 9 years
When I workout, my goal is not to lose weight, but to lose inches and look more toned. The scale number is just a number, and it's not a reflection of how good you look or feel. I hope to lose a couple inches over the next few weeks too. Or maybe I've lost one already? Hmmm.
Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 9 years
Just bought a treadmill and trying to do 20mins everyday along with Yoga, so this is inspiring.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
You are so right about the vulture-like eating habits of waitstaff, JenBrett. I worked in a restaurant while I was in college, and we would descend on the food like people who hadn't eaten in days!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Yea I've been taking an African Dance class for the past month and I've noticed a difference. Plus its super fun.
tati33 tati33 9 years
Just what I needed!! I am starting my new workout routine (actually did this morning) & I need some cardio!! Thanks Fit!
hottpink hottpink 9 years
jenemite-I agree with you...I am 5"2' and 108 pounds but I don't do the variety of activity that you do. I run, do light weights and pole dance and work out about 5 days a week. I am a size zero as well. You are probably very nicely toned :)
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
FIT! I just now took a look at the awesome "Get it Up" routines and I'm so inspired. I copied down several for my gym trips. I get soooo bored without a routine so these ideas are a lifesaver. You're the best. :)
almostloli almostloli 9 years
sometimes scale is honest..... but sometimes it isn't
estoiles estoiles 9 years
the podcast is a great idea - i don't know why i didn't think of that. thanks JenBrett!
JenBrett JenBrett 9 years
fries not fried
JenBrett JenBrett 9 years
first off, try to remember that prob half the people at the gym, looked like you do right now when they started. it's not like all the skinny, toned, beautiful people all thought to themselves, hey, let's go to the gym to make others feel fat and lazy. don't try to do too much, if you're out of breath, slow down what ever it is you're doing. you don't need to run at full speed for an hour, no matter what the person on the next treadmill is doing. i have horrible knees from playing soccer for 10 years as a kid, i don't run on the treadmill. i worked in a restaurant for 3 years and it's really easy to gain weight. you eat their food b/c it's cheap, pick fried off plates in the kitchen (don't judge, every wait staff does it) and drink soft drinks. switch to water, put a lime in it for flavor. keep hydrated and your body will be happier at the gym. if you have an ipod, try downloading a podcast to listen to. if you're focusing on what they're saying, you won't spend much time focusing on the other people. there's my 2 cents.
estoiles estoiles 9 years
*weighed not weight!
estoiles estoiles 9 years
i am 5'6 and weight 100-120 for most of my life - until i was 20 - then i started gaining A LOT of weight. i now weigh 146 and it is incredibly upsetting. i know a lot of it has to do with the complete change in lifestyle - was a full time student, working 40 hrs/week at a restaurant - lots of running around! - Now I work in an office, live with my boyfriend, have two puppies, and am taking night classes - I will be 22 this november - my main problems are 1 - from smoking cigarettes for many years (smoke-free since march!), my lungs give out long before my body does, and 2 - staying in a routine when i'm exhausted by the time i get off work and 3 - my puppies aren't big enough for me to go running/walking with them after night fall (i don't live in the SAFEST of places) i also am embarassed to go to the gym because everyone there is in good shape - it's the university gym because i already pay for it in tuition - it's hard to get over that. any tips?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I've been doing cardio lately at the gym and it's been working wonders!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
So discouraging! I've been running/using the elliptical for over a month now, and nothing. Even just a couple of ounces would help.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I have to say though...after a week of doing cardio and eating better...not losing any poundage is to say the least discouraging.....
jenemite jenemite 9 years
Yeah I agree that it is definately important to remember that muscle weighs more than fat. I walk, run, bike, and do aerobics along with eating healthy and I weigh about 120 lbs. This is a lot for someone who is only 5'2", but I'm a size 0. So pay attention to how loose your pants fit and don't worry about what the scale says.
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