Go into any gym right now (at least the ones I’ve been in) and you will see this:
You'll see women on the treadmill, elliptical or other cardio machine and the men over in the weight area. It’s partly because it’s what you know, it’s what you are comfortable.
Maybe none ever told you different but only cardio is not going to get you the results that you want! In fact, only doing cardio can be doing more damage than good.
If you want to lose weight, tone up, feel comfortable and confident in your skin again get off the treadmill (at least some of the time) and start doing strength training.
Let me tell you why and how!
Cardio Tricks You Into Thinking You Are Getting Results
It’s tricky because when you finish the cardio, the endorphins (those feel-good chemicals) are flowing through your body. It feels good; it makes you feel like you just did a fantastic workout!
And it is good for you! Don't get me wrong, cardio is great for your heart and your overall health, but if that's all you're doing, cardio, cardio, cardio, and nothing else, you're missing out on the benefits to a full, healthy and fit lifestyle that comes with strength training.
Yes! Cardio burns calories, but if you are not intentionally building muscle you're not getting stronger, you're not getting that tone look that you want and you are not boosting your metabolism the way that building lean muscle allows you to do.
More Damage Than Good
If you're doing only cardio to lose weight, you could be losing muscle . Bottom line more muscle means more calories burned in everything, in your cardio, daily life (laundry, dishes…), even when you are sleeping. Losing muscle, when it comes to fat loss, is going in the wrong direction!
Additionally, when you are doing only cardio, typically you are doing repetitive motions. Running, biking, etc. use the same muscles in the same way over and over and over again. You could be setting yourself up for muscle imbalances, postural distortions and even chronic injury (ain’t no mama got time for that).
Benefits of Strength Training
Strength training is excellent for weight loss because it aids (with proper nutrition) in building lean muscle More importantly than that, for overall health and daily life function in life; training your whole body with strength training is in my mind a non-negotiable. It must be done to some extent.
Strength training, if done right, improves the function of your body. It trains your whole body It improves the mobility in your joints and the strength of your bones. It decreases pain and probability of injury.
I’m sure you’ve heard this plenty of times (if you run or have run): “running is bad for you.” It makes me cringe a bit as someone who loves to run because it’s simply not true IF you are doing all the other stuff you need to train your whole body (squats, core work, hip strengthening, specific stretching, etc.). Otherwise, you are setting yourself up for injury.
Me in my 20s, pre-kid, at the gym sometimes twice per day doing cardio and yoga, competing in triathlons and running marathons.
Me in my 30s, busy mom, strength training in my living room, some days with no equipment at all, other days using just simple dumbbells and resistance bands with 15 to 30 minutes a day and running only occasionally (when I have time and arrangement for my son).
Which one do you think would be in better shape, look leaner and have a better body composition?
Nope, not the 25-year-old marathon runner! The 36-year-old mom!! And it’s not just aesthetics, I honestly feel better.
I am stronger. I can fully be engaged in my daily life.
Get off the treadmill, stop doing only cardio, and start integrating strength training into your life!
I got you!
With my monthly REVIVE membership, I have intentionally put together monthly training plans that I teach you personally how to adapt to and work with your life. Strength training, a lot of core work (because I know us mamas need that), and super-efficient effective cardio all intentionally put together in simple workouts that require only 15 to 30 minutes all from your living room.
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