Cardio workouts are important, so if you love running, don’t stop! You should enjoy the type of exercise you do. However, you need more than cardio for good health. You should add to that workout with strength training twice a week and flexibility training. Cardio or endurance training is great for improving your cardiovascular system, but it’s not the best for losing weight or preventing injury.
Why isn’t cardio good for losing weight?
The more muscle tissue you have, the easier it is to lose weight. That’s because muscle tissue burns more calories for maintenance than fat tissue does, so it boosts your metabolism, increasing the rate of calories used twenty four hours a day. Cardio workouts, particularly running, burns a lot of calories, but it doesn’t discriminate what it burns to get them. It burns both fat and lean muscle tissue to get the calories. That means less muscle tissue and a slower metabolism. To shed weight, strength building exercises are perfect, since they burn calories and build muscle tissue.
Cardio doesn’t create flexibility.
Lack of flexibility or range of motion can cause injuries. It can make a simple movement, like bending over to pick up something light, a situation that can put you out of commission for days. When you work out and include flexibility training in your program, you’ll not only look more graceful and be more graceful, you’ll have fewer injuries, too.
Some exercises combine all three types of workouts.
HIIT—high intensity interval training—and circuit training both can include all three types of workouts, plus balance training. When you’re rapidly moving from one exercise to another or varying your speed of an exercise, you’ll get a cardio workout. If that exercise is lifting weights, you’ll build muscles at the same time with strength training. It also can include range of motion exercises to increase your flexibility.
- Staying active and doing activities you enjoy are the best way to boost your workout. If you hate running, do something else. If weight lifting isn’t for you, try body weight exercises. Enjoying what you do is just as important as doing it.
- Varying your workout, no matter what type of training you do, helps work all muscle groups. It also helps prevent plateauing if you’re trying to lose weight.
- Building strong muscles leads to bone strength. Weight bearing exercise helps do that. Walking is a weight bearing exercise, but bicycling isn’t.
- No matter what type of workout you do and no matter how good it is, you still won’t get the best results unless you’re eating healthy. The combination of eating healthy and exercise provides enormous health benefits that can keep you healthy, active and at the perfect weight for a lifetime.