Cardio Vs Weights?
Which is better for you?
The short answer is any exercise that you do and enjoy regularly is the best. And both have there place to maintain a healthy weight.
I don’t believe one is better than the other for fat loss. Any exercise done regularly is what i recommend. Food and mindset have a bigger impact on results than exercise does. Now that is not saying exercise has no place, It absolutely does. But what i want to stress here is that there are many ways for us to exercise and get physical activity into our lives. A treadmill or a dumbbell aren’t always needed to be healthy and maintain a healthy weight.
What we really need is both.
Cardio for heart health ie cardiovascular health. What this really means is our ability to take in oxygen and perform a physical task. That is “Cardio”. Running a marathon is a form of cardio. Walking the dog is another form.
I tell my clients do what makes you happy. Like i keep saying the best exercise is the one we enjoy and the one we stick too.
From a physiological stand point. Cardio is and has been the go to exercise for weight loss. When we say i need to get fit. All most always it is reference to our in ability to do physical work for a long period of time.
The feeling of being puffed or unable to do something physical serves as a painful reminder that we are weak.
At that deep emotional level we feel inadequate and some how inferior because we can’t seem to do the most basic of physical activity without feeling like we might die.
This may sound irrational or silly but i know to this be true from my observations and discussions with many of my personal weight loss clients. It brings me back to the idea that all of our results and challenges and of course change happens at the mental level first.
A change in mindset first is the key to us getting results long term. But what about the the actally nitty gritty of exercise?
Here is my advice.
Depending on your level of fitness or starting point its is important to just start.
Don’t question it too much just do something. remind yourself that you are doing yourself good and you are miles ahead of anyone else who is still sitting on the couch.
Dont set any goals. Just do.
Setting goals is something you will here all the time. But goal setting is often a barrier to taking action. It is better to just do rather than think. Initially.
And i’m talking about just going for something as simple as a walk. Its free, it takes 30 mins you are a human being it is conditioned in us to walk. Its a fundamental part of our lives.
But here is the thing people wont walk. because they feel it is too simple, and doesn’t feel like it does anything.