When I talk to those that don’t usually exercise, one of the first things they tell me is “I hate running. That’s why I don’t exercise.” People assume that in order to lose weight and be fit, you have to run or do long sessions of cardio.
Personally, I am a fan of cardio. I semi-enjoy running and, to me, there’s nothing like a good sweat to clear your head. But there are some misleading mindsets when it comes to types of exercise that I want to touch on:
ou’ll burn more calories in 1 hour of cardio than 1 hour of strength training
True. However, strength training has an after-burn of fat effect.
The more muscle you have in your body, the more your body burns at rest.
You burn 10 more calories per hour for 36 hours after a weight training session (depending on intensity).
“10 calories? Big whoop.” But for 36 hours, that’s pretty significant. Especially if you are watching your calorie intake.
Cardio burns fat
True. It also burns muscle.
When you lose muscle, you lose metabolism. You lose your body’s ability to burn calories.
Cardio is more effective for weight loss
True. You have to ask yourself what you want more: a short term or long term solution?
It’s okay if you want a short term solution. I’ve wanted that too.
In fact, you could start with cardio only, experience some weight loss (and hopefully get motivated by the results), then move into strength training.
Your best bet for a permanent solution
Change your body composition. This means change your muscle to fat ratio, not necessarily the number on the scale.
How? A combination of cardio and strength training – and doing it CONSISTENTLY.
Consistency is absolutely key. You cannot change your body in a month.
There is nothing that benefits your cardiovascular health like cardio. However, thinking that cardio = fat-loss and weight training = bulking is simply not true. A combination for a well-rounded routine is the best option for everyone.