I've managed to get into a habit with the cardio, but am still fiddling with my ST routine. As of right now, I'm just testing out different strength exercises and finding out what I like and what works for me.
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1,243 6/9/12 8:49 A
I'm going to echo the both as well. It took me awhile to get into a ST routine and to be honest, I still kind of struggle with it even though I know it's important to get it in regularly. If you're intimidated by the machines at the gym, there are plenty of exercises you can do with dumbbells or even your own body weight.
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6/9/12 5:52 A
I would say both...but if you are just starting out with exercise it is best to go slowly for both and work your way up to a routine. For me, I had to start with Cardio for the first month or so building endurance to exercise in general. Then I started ST. My motivation for ST was that I would continue to burn more calories after my workouts as lean muscle burns more calories than fat. But the other benefits from ST are that you become stronger and once the fat is gone you can see the muscle definition, which I think is far more attractive than "flabby" and untoned muscles..
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189 6/9/12 1:18 A
I can only speak for what helped me. I started out just cardio for two months then added strength. Now I love both! Whatever you choose...GOOD LUCK!
UNIDENT- I don't feel like this is an either/or. I'm more just wondering- since I'm just starting out- if maybe I should focus more on cardio at first and then bring more strength training into the routine as I go along. So I can sort of ease into things, y'know?
You should be doing both, but if you want to ease into strength then that is up to you.
I gave myself a month to get into the swing of working out (cardio only) before adding in strength. But I set a time limit and stuck to it. It allowed me to build up my exercise from nothing to 3 times a week and then I added in my strength days. If you are worried about doing too much too soon then this may work for you? It certainly didn't harm my weight loss, and I never felt overwhelmed.
Both are essential, and they have different ways to do them properly. For example, you'll probably spend a lot less time doing a good quality strength training weekly plan than you'll spend doing cardio weekly. That doesn't mean you're "focusing more on cardio". Cardio is basically measured in quantity - how long you spend doing it. ST is measured in quality - time is irrelevant if you're doing it right.
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9,709 6/8/12 11:14 P
Both! Both have different benefits, both of which are beneficial for your body. Working them together will provide the greatest calorie benefit.
If you do only cardio, you will lose muscle mass as well as fat as you lose weight. If you do only strength, you won't burn as many calories without cardio.
They're two sides of the same coin.
Lift heavy, don't be afraid of it or waste your time with light, unchallenging weights. You should lift heavy enough to fatigue you in 8-12 reps.
Cardio (working at 60-85% of your max heart rate) will help you lose overall size. The drawback is that when you lose weight, you will lose muscle and fat. Strength training preserves the lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass increases metabolism and preserves muscle loss.
Now you have more infromation and can make a more informed choice.
6/8/12 11:05 P
Simply put, you should do both. Do strength training at least three times a week.
Hey people! I'm starting (again) to try to get in shape, get healthy, and lose some weight. But I was wondering- for a beginner, like myself, would it be more beneficial to focus more on cardio or strength training?
I've been at this for about 1.5 weeks, and so far have focused more on cardio, just to try to get into the swing of things. Would it be bad/harmful to keep going this way, and slowly work some strength exercises into my routine?
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