I use to get so confused because people always knocked cardio! So I just didn’t think it was important but it is! You need to find a healthy balance for yourself and I’m about to break it down for you in this email.
So what type of cardio is Most Effective?
ALL OF IT! Just get moving! I love doing interval cardio because it does help burn stubborn fat.
If you are trying to lose 15lbs or more and only have an hour in the gym, I would highly recommend doing at least 20 minutes of weights then knocking out 40 minutes of cardio. You don’t need more than 40 minutes of cardio, if you over due it you can start to break down lean muscle mass and now of us want that!
If you are trying to maintain and only have an hour in the gym, I would recommend doing 40 minutes of weights and 20 minutes of interval cardio. Interval cardio will help you drop that stubborn fat.
If you want to gain weight then I would recommend 10-15 minutes of cardio and focusing on your weights.
The reason we need cardio is:
Stronger heart and lungs: Doing higher and more intense cardio can strengthen heartland lungs.
Reduces belly fat: Doing interval training will get the extra fluff right off! and once again you will look and feel better!
The reason we need lifting is:
Muscle helps keep off the fat: The more lean muscle mass you have the more calories you burn which will help keep off the extra fluff.
Strengthens your bones: By stressing your bones, strength training can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Manage chronic conditions: Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, such as arthritis, back pain, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. plus you will look and feel better!
This is why I recommend balance, both cardio and weights have great benefits!