#1 – Inaccurate Estimate of Calorie Burn
Your RMR, or resting metabolic rate, is the amount of calories you burn while doing nothing. Everyone has a different RMR based on their individual metabolism. Cardio machines include RMR in their calorie burn estimate, causing that final number to inflated.
So if you thought you just burned 500 calories on the treadmill, you actually burnt a much lower amount then that. You’ll never know the exact number (could be 400 or 200…).
#2 – Cardio machines are monotonous and unchallenging A.K.A BORING
The longer your workout time, and the more fat you have to lose, the more inflated the calorie amount will be. Perhaps it took you an hour to burn off 500 calories, according to the cardio machine.
Now that you know that is not an accurate number, ask yourself this: if you had to stay longer on that machine, would you? Do you really have that kind of time? Are you really willing to do keep doing something so boring that produces such little results?
#3 – When you jump off the machine, the calorie burn stops
You only burn calories while you are on that machine. Once you jump off the machine, you stop burning calories. We as a society have accepted this idea as fact, but it’s a highly inefficient way to exercise.
What you want to do is – especially those that have very little time on their hands – is invest your time performing those tasks that will give you the most benefit for your effort.
#4 – Cardio Machines are Inefficient for Busy People
According to our survey, the biggest impediment for people trying to get into shape is lack of time. So then avoid the cardio machines completely, and start investing in a long-term fitness strategy.
Two simple steps to take:
- Replace your boring cardio with high intensity intervals or bodyweight cardio
- Invest in a solid muscle building plan, either bodyweight or dumbbell based.
Do not simply exist, conquer!