Why do you think so many women are afraid of weight training?
I also saw the recent study (Journal of Sports Medicine?) where one group who did cardio only LOST muscle and gained a little fat overall, though the scale numbers looked the same as the other group who did a combo of weight training and cardio. The combo (cardio plus weight training) group lost fat and gained muscle, though the numbers on the scale of the two groups looked the same.
I wish more women had this type of information; it would make weight management much easier!
Yeah, all I know is that all the time spent doing cardio never made my body look much different. Honestly, I hit a plateau I couldn't move from no matter how much I exercised of cut my calories. Then my hubby talked me into this idea of weight training and VOILA!
The weight training has really melted the fat away, and I think that many people forget that weight trainng is an excellent LONG term fat burner. Putting muscle on the body really helps heal a slow metabolism, at least that is my experience!
Some even say that too much cardio is not good if you want to put on muscle. Rest days are as important as workout days. I have sure found that when I overtrain, I shoot myself in the foot.
doing cardio you burn calories at an elevated level (above your basil metabolic rate) during the time you exercise. Doing weight training you burn calories at an elevated rate (though not as high as during cardio) while you exercise, but you continue to burn calories at an elevated rate for (up to) several hours AFTER YOU STOP EXERCISING, resulting in the burning of more calories over all.
Something I have done in the past (I am currently off the exercise wagon but am going to jump back on after my vacation next week) is weight train in a circuit; I'll do all the sets for one exercise with little time between sets (10-15 seconds max), then between exercises and without a break I will jump rope for a couple of minutes, and without a break go right into the next exercise. This way you get closer to the calorie burn of cardio during your exercise but still have the burn after from the weight training.
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I notice I slim faster when I do cardio (endurance type) but with rest days in between. But muscle definitely increases your metabolism... but we are talking 50 calories per lb and it takes months to put on 1 lb of muscle (for women) so that, ultimately, a 400 calorie burn in an hour will do more for reducing your net caloric intake on an ongoing basis. Just don't neglect the muscle. In the long run, it does you a LOT of good! (but for lowering your body fat, you have to reduce your net caloric intake). Most of that is with diet...
I've backslidden... I reached my goal and was now maintaining, but now I need to lose 10 pounds and firm up.
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