Thanks for the replies!
This is basically what I've been thinking, that the basic concept makes a lot of sense, but that we still need to make sure we're overall burning enough calories, and that's just harder with strength training alone.
Plus there are loads of benefits to cardio that stretch beyond just weight loss.
Much of the cardio I do though is more strength based as I do a lot off Wii workouts and then tend to, from my experience at least, be more about strength that really getting your heart rate up - though they do make you sweat if you put in 100%!
It's those gym sessions when I do my strength training (30mins or so) then hop on the treadmill to burn 400kcals that kill me, mainly with BOREDOM! ::laughs::
I also read somewhere else that you shouldn't exercise for more than 45mins at a time as it's a waste, so it's definitely making me think that my current gym sessions (15min fast walk to gym as a warmup, 30mins-ish strength training, 50mins-ish on the treadmill, 15mins medium walk home as cooldown) might be a mistake. They might be doing more harm than good, or just be a waste of time!
If I could do what that article I posted before suggests, that is throw in 10mins of cardio after my strength training, then have a couple of days a week when I do more cardio, I personally think I'd enjoy my exercise routine more.
I already plan to change my strength routine from full body to specific parts daily, as this will allow me to get more exercises for a specific body part in one session, as well as strength train every day.
Still it stands that to burn 500kcals a day with a regime like this, you've got to be much more dilligent with your fitness. For me, it's easy enough to get 500kcals a day focusing more on strength training, but the problem lies in getting MORE than that. If you don't burn more than that, you've got to workout 7 days a week.
I've always found my 400kcal treadmill sessions at least 3 times a week to be an easy (hah!) way to get my calories burned up enough so that I can have days when I just do the wii and leave it at all. But honestly, I hate it and therefore wonder how long I'll be able to keep it up once the burning motivation kicks in - I'm sure you all know what I mean!
I'm starting to think I might cycle it.
Do a couple of weeks where I'm balancing cardio and strength with those lovely hour long sessions doing cardio, then do a couple of weeks where I drop the cardio down to smaller amounts and up the strength training.
See what happens!
| Pounds lost: 34.0