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WATERDIAMONDS
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4/14/13 7:31 A

Both, without a doubt. Each has its "strengths," and each is not other individually beneficial, but they also work together for greater overall health.



GZELLEFRO
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4/13/13 5:32 P

If you do only cardio, you lose muscle mass, which can lead to injuries. If you do only strength training you don't lose weight, or at least as fast, so it's best to do both. emoticon Equally as important is stretching! this keeps your joints, muscles, and ligaments limber and helps prevent injuries as well.



DADOFSPARKGAL
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4/13/13 5:31 P

I do both... and try to alternate days so that cardio is one day and strength is the next....



TACDGB
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4/13/13 4:46 P

cardio is good for your heart and lungs....strength training is good for your muscles and joints. both are important......



KEVANSRT
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4/13/13 4:35 P

Both! Interval training is great!



BARBANNA
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4/13/13 4:21 P

I do both every day but it is best to rotate the two so you get the maximum benefit and recovery.



UNIDENT
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4/13/13 3:29 P

DH is wrong. There is no current lifestyle or fitness level at which there's no need to include strength training. It is beneficial for everyone in every situation.

So yes, please include some ST in your week! In weight loss attempts you'll always lose fat and muscle together - doing ST helps to reduce muscle loss so you're only losing the fat, which is a good thing.



ARCHIMEDESII
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4/13/13 3:13 P

Hi, Sumay !

When it comes to weight loss or even weight gain, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. So, if you're not seeing results, the first thing I would ask you is whether or not your tracking your food choices. If not, you might try tracking your food to see if you may be eating more than you think. It's also possible you're not eating enough. Eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss.

As far as exercise, a person should do some cardiovascular exercise as well as some strength training. A person needs both to stay healthy. Cardiovascular exercise keeps our heart/lungs functioning properly. A good strength training program not only helps us to increase strength, but also help increase bone density which in turn can reduce our risk for osteoporosis.

cardio and strength are complimentary. so, you should be doing both. You don't need a lot of equipment to get a good ST workout. All you'd need is a set of resistance bands. You can find those for cheap at any Target, Walmart, Sears, TJ Maxx, etc. You can do some simple resistance band workouts while watching your favorite TV shows. Coach Nicole also has some short 10-15 minute ST workouts posted in the fitness section to get you started.

You are not too old or out of shape to start strength training. My 86 year old aunty uses resistance bands as part of her physical therapy sessions. Regardless of age, some strength training can help you increase your strength and drop inches. Will it help you lose weight ? Nope, once again, what you eat matters most when it comes to losing weight.

If you're not losing weight, it's not because of your exercise, it's because of what you're eating.

Also, pregnancy does change a woman's body. Many members will tell you that it seemed to take ages to lose the weight post-baby. So, don't beat yourself up if the weight isn't coming off as fast as you'd like. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time.

My advice ? Track your food if you're not tracking and try one ST dedicated workout per week. You don't have to do a lot to start. You do want to slowly ease into a regular routine.




SUMTHINGSPECIAL
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4/13/13 3:01 P

I lost weight (before my last baby) by going to the gym and doing some cardio (in my opinion, not enough - about 10-15 minutes) and then strength training (mostly machines).

Now, I am at home (without gym) - I am doing a lot of cardio (at least, a lot more than before) and I'm not seeing results as much. I bought a FitBit - so I not only count steps doing cardio, but also throughout the day. I have been doing pretty well and I find myself more active than before. Iknow not to expect everything quickly but . . .

Dh says at this level of fitness - I should build my endurance and just do cardio. I was thinking that I need to especially focus on cardio - but I should also get at least 2 times a week of strength training (is that enough?). I have Pilates equipment - a Reformer - I don't know if this is enough or if I need to start doing free weights.

I am open to anything - just want to do what is best and I'm a bit uncertain right now.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, Sumay

Edited by: SUMTHINGSPECIAL at: 4/13/2013 (15:02)


 
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