31 minutes ago
A lot of people have the misconception that cardio is absolutely necessary to lose weight. I see people coming to the gym and staying for up to an hour or more and just doing the elliptical or running/walking on the treadmill and I know they can’t actually be enjoying it. Let’s be honest, no one actually likes cardio. It can take a long time, it gets boring, and it’s just not fun. The good news is, cardio is NOT necessary to lose weight! I look at cardio as merely a way to burn a few extra calories and break a nice sweat after a workout. I don’t do cardio every single day because it makes such a small difference in my results in the end. Weight training, in my opinion, is the best form of exercise you can do whether your goal is to lose weight, tone up, or add muscle. You may not burn as many calories in a weight training session than a cardio session, but research has shown that your body continues to burn calories and at a much higher rate following weight training than cardio. The most important factor in any one’s fitness journey is nutrition and just staying active. It’s more important to find a form of exercise that you enjoy and to start making healthier eating habits. Don’t punish yourself with hours of cardio and dripping sweat thinking that’s the only way to do it. Cardio is not the make or break factor for getting in shape. It doesn’t have to be done every single day, or week, or even at all. If you want to transform your body, tone up, or change your body composition, weight training is definitely what I would recommend
With all that being said, when I am cutting down (like I am currently), 4 to 5 times a week I will end my workouts with 10-15 minutes of some form of cardio just to get a good sweat going and to burn a few extra calories. Once again, this is not necessary and there are days when I dread my cardio and I skip it because I know it doesn’t make a huge difference in my results. Burning those few extra calories only increases my caloric deficit, which in theory will help to decrease body fat, but with it being such a small amount burned the difference is almost unnoticeable.