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How to Optimize Aerobic Exercises for Weight Loss

Aerobic exercise is a critical part of weight loss and a healthy, active lifestyle. We know you are busy and you want to make the most of what time you do have to work out. Here are some ways to optimize your aerobic workouts for weight loss.

We know that you are busy and seeking out time for a good cardio workout is not easy. You want to make sure that you are maximizing the time that you do have to work out. Aerobic workouts are defined by the heart rate you reach during the workout. The heart rate range of aerobic workouts changes with age. When you are 20, a heart rate of between 150 and 170 is considered to be in the aerobic zone. When you are 40, a heart rate of between 140 and 150 is considered to be in the aerobic range. If you do not know what heart rate you should be looking for during your aerobic workouts consult a Target Heart Rate by Age chart.

"Aerobic exercise improves movement, decreases body fat and can help you with your weight loss goals. There is also no better way to increase your sense of well being than a good cardio workout."

Aerobic exercise (also known as cardio) is important for many reasons and has amazing benefits. Cardio work increases cardiovascular health, improves your movement, decreases body fat, decreases anxiety and stress, and strengthens muscles, ligaments and bones. There is also no better way to just basically feel better about the world than a good cardio workout. So strap on your athletic shoesand use these tips to help maximize your cardio workout for weight loss.

When you Exercise Matters

There is no doubt about it that any cardio exercise is better than no cardio exercise so if you have to have a sporadic workout schedule just to get in a few minutes of aerobic activity, do it. You will have more success and lose more weight if you have a set plan and schedule of when you will workout. Pick a time that works for you and make it part of your weekly or daily schedule.

There are some people who like to work out in the morning. They find that it gives their metabolism a jump start to work out first thing and if they have already dedicated time to working out they are more likely to stick to an eating plan. That is not true for everyone. Some people feel sluggish and unmotivated in the morning and they like to work out in the evening. Some people find that working out during their lunch break or taking time off to work out during their afternoon slump works for them.

When it comes down to it the best time for you to exercise is what time works best for you.

How Intensely You Exercise Matters

Moving your body is moving your body. Any aerobic movement that you do is going to be of benefit to your body. But, it should come as no surprise that more intense activities burn more calories. Running for an hour burns between 3 and 4 times as many calories as walking for an hour. If you want to burn more calories more quickly you need to exercise more intensely. If you have a hard time motivating yourself to exercise intensely consider investing in a heart rate monitor. They can be very inexpensive and can help you monitor how hard you are working during your workouts.

How Long you Exercise Matters

The big equation for calorie burn for aerobic activities is how long you exercise (duration) multiplied by how long you work out. If you are working out very intensely but you only keep it up for 10 minutes your calorie burn will not be as high as if you keep it up for 30 minutes. Intensity and duration are something that you are going to have to play with to optimize calorie burn (and weight loss) for your body.

When you start out you may only be able to work out at medium intensity for 30 minutes but as your body becomes stronger you will be able to work out more and more intensely for that amount of time. As time goes on you will also be able to work out longer. Find a workout and intensity that you can maintain for 30 minutes to an hour. At the end of the workout, you should be sweating and tired but you should not feel like you want to curl up and die.

Your Exercise Footwear Matters

Exercise is a key part of weight loss and an important part of mental health and well being, and so is protecting your feet. Be sure to keep your feet in good health by wearing your KURU shoes with KURUSOLE™ technology. With absolutely perfect arch support and a naturally wider toe box that allows your toes to splay naturally, our impact protection shoes are the best way to protect your feet from plantar fasciitis and other foot pain. Enjoy a healthy workout, and have a better day, starting with your shoes.


No matter which activity you are wanting to do in your life, KURU has a shoe for you that will give you the support, comfort and style that your feet have been craving.

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