Cardio VS Weights
Each to their own I always say.
Cardio and weights are often disguised as completely different forms of exercise and separate from each other.
How do you go about choosing how often to do each and which one will contribute to your goals?
I think the first thing to recognise about exercise in general is that the more energy you use, the more you'll find yourself eating throughout the day.
It may seem crazy that exercise has you hungry more often than you're used to, but eating more doesn't mean you're affecting your progress.
You'll naturally feel inclined to eat more because you NEED the fuel.
The majority of my workouts are weight based, with a small portion being 'cardio'.
My version of cardio is generally high intensity interval training. So when I do do cardio, it will be in short rounds with small rests and some serious intensity to
get my heart racing. There's crazy amounts of research backing the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT).
I have found that my weight dense exercise routine with spurts of HIIT cardio is ideal for my goals.
Since getting back into this routine recently, my eating has increased a lot! (As I expected)
Now, if you're ultimate goal is to see a smaller number on the scale, cardio has a slight advantage because you burn calories faster.
Strength and weight training on the other hand, has a secret advantage over cardio for speeding up your metabolism.`
Even though you might not burn as many calories in a weight session straight away, you'll notice results later on.
A faster metabolism means you can afford to eat more throughout the day since you burn more calories doing the simplest things like walking around an office,
sitting at a chair or watching tv!
Still finding it hard to decide?
Another reason I absolutely love weight training is for how it strengthens my joints and improves my balance.
The repetitiveness of cardio exercise tends to strain my joints and ligaments while strength training seems to have the opposite effect on me.
Both modes of exercises are beneficial to the body and breaking a sweat through weight lifting or cardio will do you good either way!
So what's your go to exercise? Cardio or weights?
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