I try to do as much cardio as possible with strength training as well, completely agree with the post below, build muscle to help speed your metabolism even at rest - we need all the help we can get ;)
So I don't get too bulky I try to do lower weights with more repitition - also good if you suffer with high blood pressure.
for anyone interested, I saw a programme recently with a doctor who was pre-diabetic who was testing out the best way to exercise to help lose weight and for internal body benefits. He found that by coupling strength training with cardio it made your body react differently to sugars in the blood. Can't remember the science of it but it would be more beneficial to those with insulin resistance or diabetics in controlling blood sugars to do both rather than just doing cardio.
Cardio and strength training for me. The more lean muscle you build, the more you can boost your metabolism. Pound for pound muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more lean muscle you have, the more energy your body at rest. And, strength training feels great!
Pounds lost: 39.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,622) Posts: 770 4/19/12 1:40 P
I do cardio and strength training. Strength training helps you build up some muscle mass to burn more calories. Even just simple hand weights or using your own body as a weight and doing things like pushups, squats, etc will help you build muscle mass. Cardio, I love to walk and I'm starting to get into swimming. I have a back injury as well as PCOS, so the doctor highly recommended swimming to take pressure off my spine and help drop the weight quicker.
I do cardio plus strength training. I do low weight high reps. So basically for my arms I'll do 3lb weights but a lot of reps with them. I'm currently up to 50 - 70 reps depending on which muscle I'm working with the weights. This helps tone without actually bulking me up. I also do squats and calf raises. Basically because I can do these at work any time. Then I do at least 30 minutes of cardio about 4-6 times a week. With cardio I vary back and forth between the eliptical and the stationary bike. The eliptical burns more calories but this way I don't ever get to were I dread using it. I'm not a big fan of running yet since I can't fit my knee brace yet and I don't want to fork over the kind of money a new one would cost when I'm going to lose weight. So I just do low impact cardio that won't bother my knee as much as running.
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current weight: 192.0
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i have been diagnosed with PCOS for about a year now but I feel that i have had it for several years prior. Recently i was also diagnosed as hypothyroid so i feel a double whammy against my weight loss efforts.
I was just wondering what you guys have found to be the best type of exercise? do you do cardio and strength training? or just cardio?
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