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Lifting or Running

Monday, November 26, 2012

When it comes to losing weight, which one is the champion? Cardio, or weight training? Both have their proven results that they reduce weight and devour fat, but which one does the better job? Most people say cardio is the winner here. Most are running on a treadmill (
) although there is some evidence that running outdoors gets more benefits for your body. They do have good reasoning. Number one is, if you are looking to purely lose weight, and nothing more than losing weight, then weight training seems counterproductive. You don't want to gain the muscle weight, in this case at least, and cardio gives you a low to moderate workout in terms of muscle. Its prime objective is burning calories. Also, while running or doing whatever cardio you fancy, you build up and expand your lungs, thereby allowing more oxygen into your body for energy, which would also make weight loss easy. However, the real winner here is weight training. While you may gain weight, the weight gained is all from muscle. Thereby, it is good and desirable weight. More than that though, weight training is a far more effective calorie burner.
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