There are many reasons why people want to lose weight. This includes getting stronger, relieving stress, and much more. However, usually at the top of most people’s list is that they want to look better than they currently do. Either they want to lose weight or put on some muscle. Which leads to people thinking they must choose either weight lifting or cardio.
People’s first idea when they start training is to do thousands of bicep curls and squats, so they can emulate what bodybuilders look like on tv. Weight lifting will definitely help you build strength and muscle if done correctly.
However, there are others who don’t know how to lift weights or want to try something less daunting such as the treadmill or stationary bike. In the short term, its fun but after about 3 months, it starts to get boring, which causes a lot of people to quit.
So the question is, “Which option will help you reach your goals?”
Cardio will help you get your heart rate up significantly, which is needed to help your body effectively burn calories. This will also help reach your fat stores, which will also be burned off. Cardio has many benefits such as:
- stronger heart
- improved brain function
- increased bone density
- helping to alleviate depression
- burn fat and much more.
It is highly dependent on the individual, cardio regimen, and diet as far as results go. But if you can find the correct program, you should notice your body becoming more fit and toned in months.
Cardio is focused on burning calories, while strength lifting is focused on building strength and muscle. As you lift, your body tears the older, weaker tissue while making new, stronger ones in its place. When muscle gain is the main focus, you usually want to eat more calories than you burn.
If you can find and stick with a good workout routine, the potentials are endless. Just make sure that you work both sides of your body and that you are using correct form, to prevent unnecessary injuries.
If you need a beginner workout to start with, check out the one I posted here.