Cardio, Bike & Rowing to Lose Weight

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Cardio, biking and rowing are all great methods for losing weight. Learn about cardio, bike and rowing to lose weight with help from a certified fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jill Brown. I'm a certified fitness instructor. I've been training for over 18 years. I'm coming to you today from L.A. Dance Fit in lovely western Los Angeles, and today we're going to discuss cardiovascular exercise, particularly cycling and rowing, to lose weight. Cardiovascular exercise is described as an activity that you can sustain for at least 20 minutes using the major muscles of your body in a rhythmic fashion. Cardiovascular activity does exactly what it sounds like. It benefits your heart and your respiratory system. Cycling and rowing are excellent non-impact activities, as opposed to running, because they're closed chain. That means your foot stays in contact with the pedal or the foot stretcher of a rowing machine. Biking and rowing might only be problematic for people who have lack of flexibility in their back or neck. However, most people already know how to ride a bike, so the learning curve is relatively easy. Whereas rowing has a very specific form that needs to be learnt properly. In order to lose weight doing cardiovascular activity, the body needs to burn 3500 calories to lose one pound of weight. You can expect to burn about 120 to 300 calories cycling at an easy pace. Cycling at a hard intensity or a vigorous intensity, you can expect to burn about 200 to over 600 calories in 30 minutes. Rowing is similar. You can expect to burn about 160 to five or six hundred calories in about 30 minutes. This is also depending on your size and your weight, and, of course, the amount of intensity that you put into the exercise. I'm Jill Brown, and we're discussing rowing and cycling as cardiovascular activities to lose weight.

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