We get calls asking about this question. It sounds like a ‘cop out’ answer but, it depends. In physics, a calorie is a measure of energy or work. It is no different in fitness. The more work you do, the more calories you will burn. So, with regard to cardio workouts, the more you weigh, the longer you workout and the more intense the exercise, the more calories you will burn. It is not different than a treadmill, elliptical or bike. The real question to ask is “What are your goals when exercising?”. If burning calories is your ONLY goal, then keeping the intensity low (like treadmill walking) for long periods of time will burn calories. The problem with this type of exercise is that it does not improve cardio vascular fitness to any great extent NOR does it improve your ability to burn calories after you stop exercising. In order to improve cardio vascular fitness, you will need to increase your heart rate into a Target Zone. Your Target Zone will depend on your current fitness level, age and fitness goals. To increase your ability to burn calories after you stop exercising, you will need to increase muscle mass. To do this, your cardio exercise needs to have some strength component. This is why Jacobs Ladder and the Stairway are excellent tools for people with Multiple Goals in Fitness.
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