I do jump rope intervals (cuts my cardio workout in half) and more effective. I also do metabolic resistance training 2x a week and circuit training 3x a week. I do a lot of nature hiking with my husband and kids but it doesn't really get my heart rate up so I count it as *extra* activity unless the duration is long (over an hour or two).
I could never robotically walk/jog/run/row etc. on a gym machine. I had an elliptical when I lost weight after my first pregnancy and it caused me to throw in the towel on exercise at my first opportunity.
Your body will also adjust to steady state cardio over time and cause you to burn less calories.
Cardio is necessary and I enjoy it if it's not monotonous but strength training is where it's at, imo. Cardio helped me shed the pounds, strength training gave me a sculpted body, will help me keep the weight off, greatly altered my body fat % and keeps me strong.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 6/12/2013 (07:27)
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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