Cardio vs. Weight Training: It’s all about balance

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Do's and Dont's | 7 comments

Cardio vs. Weight Training: It’s all about balance

Why Women Should Not Run is an article floating around on the internet that is causing some buzz. So I thought I would weigh in on it.

This quote pretty much sums up the article:

“I hate a lot of things about the fitness industry, but over-prescribed cardio would have to be at the very top of my list. I’m not talking about walking here, nor am I referring to appropriate HIIT cardio. This is about running, cycling, stair-climbing, or elliptical cardio done for hours at or above 65 percent of your max heart rate…”

Although the  article is harsh, I have to agree with the overall message.  You have to mix it up when it comes to exercise. Whether it’s cardio, strength training or even yoga your body adjusts over time and you will not get the results you are looking for.

It should come as no surprise as fitness professionals have been debating similar topics for years.  Most would agree that if your mind and body are bored with a cardio routine then your motivation will suffer and quickly deteriorate.  It’s hard to be enthusiastic about “the same old thing.”  Compare it to your eating habits…would you want to eat grilled chicken and rice for dinner every night?

According to to Jade Teta, ND, CSCS, studies show that aerobic exercise does result in more weight loss than weight training does in the short run but people doing just cardio can lose muscle at the same time.  Clearly, incorporating different forms of cardio with weight/resistance training will maximize your fat loss and maintain your muscle tone.  So for all you dedicated gym rats….get off that treadmill, take a break from the elliptical and find a new way to get your heart rate up!

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