A sneak peak of the misconception between weight training and cardio.
So, first things first, let me just set the record straight; I am NO expert. But – that’s the thing. I don’t have to be! The technology and opportunity to network with those whom are experts gives us a head start. We are able to conduct research and become more knowledgeable about the things that are important to us.
This topic is important to me. So I did my research. However, something I find myself struggling with was the underlying myths that we hear time and time again. Things like:
“Cardio is the best way to lose belly fat.” Eh, wrong.
“Cardio will speed up weight loss” Eh, wrong again.
“Your target burn should be 500 calories” Eh, still not right.
Let me share with you a little bit of science. According to Healthline.com and passed research that was conducted, we don’t burn as many calories during a weight-training session then we do in a cardio workout. Yet, here’s the twist. Further research concluded that we burn more calories in the hours following a weight-training session, compared to a cardio workout.
Building muscle is key to increasing your resting metabolism. “Meg, what does that mean?”
For instance, say your full time job consists of working behind a desk for 8 hours a day; if you were to focus more on weight lifting at the gym than cardio, you would burn more calories while sitting at your desk than you would if you invested your time in cardio.
Lifting weights builds lean muscle tissue. This is the content of the body minus the fat. If you have been on a weight loss journey and have yet to achieve your goals, maybe there’s adjustments that need to be made in your work outs.
Don’t get me wrong, cardio is important! There has to be a balance. But the objective here is to work on fueling up your body and metabolism so that it continues to burn calories throughout your day. Unlike cardio, weight training will continue to burn calories during your workout and up to 48 hours after you are finished.
SNAPPLE FACT: According to research shared on poliquingroup.com, women who train for muscle, causes physiological and metabolic adaptations in the muscle that protect your body against fat. More muscle means more insulin receptor sites on cells. Which means, carbs that you eat have a place to go to be burned for energy instead of being stored.
When I first started my weight loss journey I always told myself I needed to do cardio all the time. I used to live on the treadmill and the elliptical. I thought burning 200-300 calories made me a badass. I mean, it did, but little did I know, I could’ve shed even MORE calories if I was educated.
What I do now that I wish I did in the beginning of my journey is:
Read. Research. Learn. Ask Questions.
Like I said earlier on, I am no expert – but the amount of information I’ve gained just from reading, hearing others testimonials, and just being curious has helped me understand what my workouts should look like.
My best advice to you is to keep it fun. Keep it engaging and also switch it up. I always find myself trying different workout routines because if I didn’t I would get bored and discouraged.
But, let me tell you this – the most important thing is to understand that we all start somewhere. Fear will either create you or destroy you. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; it’s how we learn. Let your journey speak for itself. You’re making strides to becoming a healthier, more confident, YOU! That right there, is what makes YOU a badass.