Is doing lots of cardio the best way to lose weight?

That’s a tough question really, and there are lots of different ways that I could answer but I’m going to keep it simple and say no.

It’s important to incorporate lots of different types of exercise in your weight loss journey. Variety is going to give you more of a benefit than just one kind of exercise or workout. For one thing variety will stop you from getting bored and mean that you are much more likely to continue on your journey bringing you the most benefits.

Cardio is certainly an important element in your quest for weight loss and improved fitness so should not be overlooked.

Some basic benefits of cardio based training include:

  • Can help to strengthen the heart muscles
  • Increase stamina for everyday activities – walking, playing with the kids etc.
  • Can increase your lung capacity
  • Can help reduce your risk of:
    • Heart attack
    • High cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • Diabetes
  • Can aid in fat burning and calorie burning
  • Enhance mood and decrease stress

As well as doing cardio based sessions I recommend you also incorporate weight-based training and also a good stretch routine to help elongate the muscles and ease any soreness from your workouts.

Some basic benefits of weight-based training include:

  • Continuing to burn fat and calories even after the workout has finished
  • Improvements to your posture
  • Gain strength for everyday activities – carrying the shopping, picking the kids up etc.
  • Can help reduce the risk of:
    • Osteoporosis
    • Injury
  • Reduce back pain as you strengthen your core muscles
  • Enhance mood and decrease stress

Some basic benefits of stretching include:

  • Increase your flexibility and range of motion
  • Increase the blood flow to your muscles
  • Improve your posture and prevent back pain
  • Work out any aches or muscle soreness from other workouts
  • Develop long lean looking muscles

My recommendation would be to include something from each area into your training program. Doing 2 cardio-based session, 2 weight-based session and 1 stretch based session per week would be a great balance and you will see lots of benefits from this and will see that you progress faster than doing just cardio alone.

Of course, if you have a love for a particular type of workouts it’s perfectly fine to do more of that. The most important thing is that you find a balance that works for you so that you stick with your program and don’t give up.

For example, I run 2 times a week for my cardio, I weight train 4 times a week and I do 1 stretch routine a week (though I do some basic stretches after each of the other workouts). I have 1 complete rest day a week which that means some days I double up on my workouts. For example, one day a week I strength train in the morning and run in the evening. Again, it’s all about balance and what works best for you as an individual.

I do all of my workouts from home, except for the running, so it’s super easy to fit them in, if you want to find out more about how you can do that message me at lbland81@gmail.com or come and connect with me on Instagram or Facebook and send me a message for a no obligation chat. a

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