Cardio Versus Weight Training
One of the biggest mistakes that so many females make is thinking that the fastest way to their success is to perform loads and loads of cardio each day.
They figure that since they are burning calories while doing that cardio training, this must mean that they’re making progress.
Only, that’s furthest from the truth. Cardio training is not going to change your body – not the way weight training will.
The problem with doing an overabundance of cardio training while simultaneously having a lack of weight lifting is the fact that cardio training does nothing to strengthen the muscles and prevent lean muscle mass loss.
When dieting and using that reduced calorie intake, you are already at a risk of lean muscle mass loss. If you go off performing exercise that doesn’t require much muscular challenge (just an aerobic challenge for your heart), you’re doing very little to convince your body to keep its lean muscle mass tissue.
As a result, it may start to burn some of it off, meaning you’re still losing that fat and muscle combo.
The end result is that you may become lighter and smaller, but you become a smaller version of your current self or worse yet, a smaller version of yourself that has more body fat and less muscle. This means, all in all, you’ll actually look softer and flabbier.
Is that the result you’re going for?
Keep up hours of cardio training and you’ll be well on your way if so. If you add weight training, on the other hand, now you’re telling the body that it must keep that lean muscle mass tissue. It needs it on a daily basis to perform what it’s supposed to be doing. That sends a very strong signal to your body.
As a result, you lose more fat and less muscle. Your muscle stays intact, getting more and more defined as the days go on. This is the method to creating an ideal body. Now, there is one form of cardio that you can do to help enhance your figure. Let’s look at that next.
Cardio Varieties To Know
The main point to know with cardio training is that not all varieties are the same. If you want to build a dream body, you need to choose wisely.
The two main types of cardio activities are interval cardio training and steady state cardio training.
Steady state cardio training is the type of cardio training that will lead to lean muscle mass loss, very little increases in your metabolic rate, and hardly any change to the way you look. What’s more is that it is b-o-r-i-n-g.
This is the form of cardio that you do for 30-60 minutes at a time, going at one moderate pace the entire time through.
For faster results, turn to interval cardio training. This variation of cardio, since it is so intense, will have you burning up calories for hours after the workout is completed, really accelerating the rate in which your body burns off body fat.
In addition to that, it’s also going to reshape the body better because it requires more muscular strength to perform it.
With interval cardio training, you’re going to alternate between a very short burst of all out exercise for 15-60 seconds (how long you make these is up to you) and then perform an active rest period for twice the length of the interval.
Repeat this process 5-10 times per workout session, starting with a warm-up and cool-down. If you can do this form of cardio 2-3 times per week, that is what will get you changing the way you look.
So have a good look over your current cardio program and make changes as needed. Drop those moderate intensity sessions because they really aren’t going to get you very good results for your time invested.