So, there’s a debate on what is better for losing weight and for your health. Is it cardio or is it weights? The truth is that the answer is both! I know, I know. You might be disappointed. But the truth is that if you want to lose weight, you need to build muscle, so weights are important. If you want to have a fit physique, then you also need to build muscle, so again, weights. But to be healthy, you also need to train your heart, so here’s when the cardio is crucial.
What form your cardio and weight lifting take on however, should be based on your goals. So, we will take a look at what you can get from each.
The Importance of Cardio
Cardio is any movement that can get your heart rate up and your circulation flowing faster. It’s important because it improves heart health, increases your metabolism, it releases endorphins and other feel good hormones, it helps you lose fat, and since it helps bring more oxygen rich blood to your muscles, it also works to help prevent soreness.
Now, when you think about cardio, the thing that probably comes to your mind is running. It’s true that running outside or on a treadmill is a very common form of cardio, but it doesn’t stop there. The stairmaster, playing basketball, and dancing are all great ways to get your cardio in.
To Sculpt Your Body You Need To Lift Weights
Weight lifting is really good for your body. Not only does it built your muscles, but it actually strengthens your ligaments and bones. That’s why is so important for people to lift weights as they get older. But, did you know that weight lifting is also a great way to lose weight?
It’s true! Because muscles burn more fat, even while you are not working out. So, getting all that weight training in will help you burn more calories, even while you are at rest.
And weight lifting is not just for those who want to pack on huge muscle mass. Actually, packing on a lot of muscle takes a lot of really hard work and dedication. But lifting weights can help you create a lean and shapely body. Even for women, lifting weights (even heavy weights) can help them sculpt very attractive and feminine curves.
HIIT Can Settle The Debate
So, you may feel the need to do both cardio and weight lifting. You can alternate between the two. Maybe do more days of weight lifting if you want to build muscle and loose weight or if you are more worried about your heart and stamina, you can choose to do more days of cardio.
However, you can forgo what we think of mutually exclusive ways of exercising and instead focus on HIIT. HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training. This is training in which you use your body weight or light weights to work your muscles at a very intense pace. In this way, you get all of the cardiovascular training that your heart requires with muscle building power moves that will get you really fit. You can build great muscle and lose weight while putting in less hours at the gym.
Now that you know that you need both cardio and weights to have a healthy, attractive and strong body, you can tailor your workouts accordingly. Keep in mind your goals! If you are wanting to run marathons, then it’s obvious that your workouts should include a lot more cardio than weight lifting. If you want to build a lot of muscle, then your focus should be on lifting heavy weights. However, if you are looking for the best of both worlds and simply want to be healthy and have an attractive physique, then HIIT is the way to go!