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2/7/19 7:22 P

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Depends on your goals. If you want to be a smaller version of yourself then hit the cardio but if you want to a leaner, more toned version of yourself then hit the weights. But both are important to keeping you healthy and getting on a nutrition plan and a workout plan will make sure you reach the goals you want otherwise you may get there or you may not.

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1/12/19 7:12 P

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I would think both are important

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1/12/19 4:25 P

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I can tell you my own experience. I have always been super fit then i fell of the wagon and gained a ton of weight. I have tried to get back in shape many many times but i kept failing but never gave up.
When i tried i would lose weight but to gain it all back again and then some.
My mistake i was relying mainly on cardio with little weight training. The thing about cardio is you lose the weight fast which is what everyone really wants and it does work BUT (a big but) it is only temporary, so three month ago i have decided to do it differently, i will rely mainly on weight resistance training and will throw in some little low impact cardio like biking or walking once or twice a week for an hour each session. Guess what, i have been losing fat (not weight) but very slowly and i have been putting on muscle mass. My body composition is changing. I am not as hungry as when i was doing cardio only. For me that what worked and i think it might apply to lots of ppl. Just keep in mind that it will be a long journey.

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1/8/19 6:37 A

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Yes...I completely forgot about stretching. It is definitely an important part of a good fitness regimen.

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1/7/19 9:01 A

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‘Cardio, strength, AND stretching! Stretching is great for helping to prevent injuries and should not be left out.’


I’ll second that!



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1/6/19 7:32 P

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Cardio, strength, AND stretching! Stretching is great for helping to prevent injuries and should not be left out.

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1/6/19 12:42 A

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1/3/19 7:24 A

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I use cardio and weights on alternate days.



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12/31/18 6:22 A

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A program that includes BOTH strength training and cardio (steps) is better than a program that relies on just one of these.

I think it helps here to think of things in terms of an overall weekly program. Most experts recommend 48-72 hours between ST sessions. So if you let the steps take a bit of a back seat on ST days, but get your 10K steps in on non-ST days, you should be getting in a pretty good activity level overall.

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12/25/18 8:46 A

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I agree that doing both cardio and is vital to healthy living. You can find exercise routines that combine both. SparkPeople has a great fitness section. I have also found a lot of ideas on Pinterest and YouTube as well,

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12/24/18 11:32 A

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I think both cardio and strength training are equally important!



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11/23/18 1:28 P

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As you lose weight, a higher percentage of it will come from fat instead of muscle if you're strength training all along the way. You can do strength training on the same days as cardio or different days, whichever works best for you. If you do it on the same day, you could do 20-30 minutes of cardio followed by 15-20 minutes of strength training (or start at a lower level if that is better for you.)

Hope that helps,

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11/23/18 10:01 A

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Hello! I currently weigh 288lb, am on a course of losing weight. Currently I make sure to get my 10,000 steps, but don't do any strength training. I did buy some weights recently and want to start lifting, but I'm a bit unsure as to how to fit the weights into my routine. Should I prioritize getting all 10k first, then lift if/when I have time afterward? Or would doing 5-7k in order to make time for the weights? Which would support my weight loss goals better in the long run?

Would also enjoy any other tips you've got for me. Thanks!

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