Are you on a weight loss journey and confused on what’s best for weight loss, cardio or resistance training? You have people around you telling you different things based on their “research” or opinion. However, some are completely wrong. I would love to clear up this workout war and hopefully educate at least a few people with the truth!
First, let’s start with explaining what the heck cardio is. Cardio is any exercise that gets your heart rate up to 50-75% of its max. Cardio make the heart beat faster and pump more blood through your system, which carries nutrients and oxygen to every cell. With the right cardio workout, you can burn a ton of calories which is what most people think is best for weight loss.
Now let’s talk About Resistance Training. Resistance training is any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increases in strength, tone, mass, and/or endurance. You typically don’t burn as many calories with resistance training as you do cardio, which is why most think this workout isn’t the best for weight loss.
So now we know exactly what each workout style is, now let’s talk about which one is actually best for weight loss. The answer is… BOTH! That’s right, both. Resistance training however is MORE IMPORTANT. Cardio should be done 2-3 days a week and resistance training should be done 3-4 days a week. You’re probably wondering why, right? Well, that’s because building muscle will burn more calories in the long run. Muscles burn more calories through out the day, even at rest. Your body will have to work harder to repair the muscles after each workout (which burns calories). With cardio, you can burn a large amount of calories in one workout which is why it’s still important to do it 2-3 times a week, plus it improves your cardiovascular system.
Why else is resistance training so important? It’s shaping and toning your body! A person who only does cardio WILL lose weight, but they will also lose muscle and will look like a smaller form of theirselves. A person who does resistance training and cardio WILL lose weight AND they will be curvy, toned and strong!
My plan for this article is to educate others in simple terms without all of the confusing “big words” that make you just scratch your head in confusion. I hope I was successful in doing just that. In case I wasn’t, do resistance training 3-4 days a week and cardio 2-3 days a week. You will be happy with your results 😉