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Monday, December 31, 2012

So I read recently that cardio is awesome in so many ways. It's great for building cardiovascular endurance, losing weight, toning up, all that good stuff. However, a study was done
that showed that people who cycled for 30 minutes everyday lost 3 pounds of fat (YEAH!) and gained a half a pound of muscle in 8 weeks. That's not terrible. Any gain of muscle is good because it metabolizes faster than fat, so you burn more calories just by having more muscle than fat.

But the study also took a look a folks who cycled for only 15 minutes, but added 15 minutes of strength training to their day. These people, in the same 8 weeks, lost 10 pounds of fat and gained 2 pounds of muscle!! HELLO! That's astoundingly amazing!

So for someone who hates to run, this could be fantastic news! You don't have to stay on the treadmill for an hour or even a half an hour! Cut that time in half and do strength training the other time and you'll actually do better for yourself in the long run.

My dad and I were discussing this last night and he said he read recently that when someone goes running, they're only using about 17% of the muscles in their body. That's great and all, but when you add in strength training, you're kicking into overdrive at least some of those other muscles that were just sitting on the sidelines watching while you jogged to the end of the trail and back.

So, my new workouts are going to include my treadmill, cuz yeah, I'm still in love with it. Might even consider naming it/him! But now, I'm also adding in strength training. I don't need to look like Arnold, or his female equivalent, but I'm definitely ready to start looking like the best ME I can!
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