You've probably heard it a million times, but it's true. If you really want to lose weight and body fat, AND keep it off, then you need to exercise regularly and watch your diet. To be more specific, you need to do both cardio and resistance training to get optimal results. However, how much cardio should I be looking to do, and vice versa when it comes to building muscle? With all the information out there, it's no wonder there's so much confusion around this topic.
The good news is that you have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to exercise, and you can vary both the intensity and type of your workouts on a daily basis. In fact, you'll be more likely get better results from mixing up your workouts! Whether it be a light jog or a leisurely cycle, or even a round of golf, there really is a plethora of options to choose from.
So where does cardio come in? Firstly, weight loss occurs when you create a calorie deficit, burning more calories than you eat. While some people prefer to reduce calories through dieting, the most efficient AND healthiest way is to combine cardio, strength or resistance training, and a healthy, balanced diet.
You don't need to spend hours on the running track or spinning studio. Ideally, cardio should complement what your already doing in the gym and with your other hobbies or sports. Through doing two to three 20 minute sessions a week you won't hurt your efforts in the gym and it will also help you reap the benefits of cardio including improved heart and lung health alongside improved well being and overall health!
So it’s not a question of cardio OR weight training, it’s cardio AND weight training!