Updated: Jun 5
Have you thought 'should I stop doing cardio?' Well, you're not alone, cardio can be a good and bad thing at the same time. If you are only performing cardio on a daily basis, and not any strengthening or conditioning exercises, then you are missing out on a lot of benefits.
If you are constantly on the treadmill for hours or pushing yourself to a point of exhaustion. The only people who should be doing this is if you are preparing for a race or event. For us average people with limited time and want our workouts to be as efficient as possible, we have to take another route that’s results-driven, and sustainable.
What other options are there?
To get the most out of your workout, and change your body shape, you must, must and must again, lift weights. I know this may be daunting for those who have never touched a dumbbell, but with anything we take on in our lives, repetition and education is what will grow your skill and confidence. I too was once a cardio bunny and never or hardly used weights.
Once I became a Personal Trainer and became more knowledgeable in my field, my perception of how to change my body shape changed, and lifting weights became part of my workout routines. I began to absolutely LOVE the process as I started to see muscle definition and I wish I had made this transition sooner.
I highly recommend investing in an experienced Personal Trainer who can give you the correct guidance.
You will not regret the wonderful changes in your body, the progression of great health and strength that will incur, once you start lifting weights.
Cardio should only be a very low impact process. If you do have body fat to extinguish, use diet as your main strategy. Watch your macros, and make sure you get enough food, and weight training as much as possible. Diet is the key to fat loss, and weights are the key to changing your overall body shape.
I do get it, there are those who want to do cardio, and that’s fine. For you folks, please resort to HIIT 2 times per week for a maximum of 20 to 30 minute per session. Any more would be detrimental to your fat loss and muscle building goals.
Tweak as you go along, and alter as needed. There is no right or wrong method here. Too much of something will cause health issues later on. Balance and conscious awareness of what’s happening to your body is key here.
And remember you can’t out-train a bad diet with cardio. Don’t even bother with that. Watch what you eat most of the time, and indulge a little if you are heading in the right direction. Imagine the changes you will make just by eating a bit better and weight training.
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