Cardio Vs Weights For Fat Loss?

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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.

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  • Christina

    Reply Reply November 29, 2015

    Yes, I was thinking that as the video started – cardio is just as important as lifting weights, and both should be part of a good fitness routine. I think balance is key and not just overdoing one part of something as this will put too much stress on the body.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 2, 2015

      Overtime we can adapt to both and get slower results, in terms of maintaining health and fitness just regular activity be it walking etc, is all we need to get started. Thanks for your comment!

  • Ann

    Reply Reply November 29, 2015

    I never knew that cardio could contribute to weight gain…wow. And as you stated, I was/am wary of using weights. Because I do not want to be bulky, but I will definitely include some into my routine. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 2, 2015

      Exercise is stressful to the body, as it has a strong effect on hormones. For somebody who is over weight and unfit they may find that cardio or weight training alone, without any diet or lifestyle change can definitely add stress to your body increase stress hormones particularity cortisol. As for the bulky nature of resistance training same thing apply’s with lifestyle and diet changes. It’s all part of a healthy program.

  • Simon

    Reply Reply November 30, 2015

    Nice to get some facts on the balance of cardio and weights. I wasn’t aware of why it was so important to have a balanced regime. I have been going through all your videos, loving the spot on advice.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 2, 2015

      Good to hear glad you are getting some great info here!

  • Kelly

    Reply Reply November 30, 2015

    I knew that cardio and weights were suppose to be a good combination but I had no idea why until I saw this video. in fact I had no idea that cardio alone could be so bad. I guess it’s true when they say that to much of a good thing can be bad for you.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 2, 2015

      I think in this context its better to do some exercise than no exercise. Cardio will still contribute to a healthy heart and burn calories and maintain a healthy weight. It all depends on your personal goals and what you enjoy doing, balance is the key.

  • Maddie

    Reply Reply December 1, 2015

    Cardio is very important to weight loss and fat burning, especially! Weight lifting is great, too, but cardio is crucial.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 2, 2015

      As a pure fat burning exercise cardio has been the go to choice for many people, generally because we can do it at a low intensity for a long period eg like going for a walk. Its easy, almost everyone can do it and its free. Great feedback thanks Maddie!

  • Piper S

    Reply Reply December 2, 2015

    Though cardio is good overall, adding some weights do MAKE a difference in your overall loss and health. I was doubtful at first also, because I did NOT want to look “manly”….but it just gives you definition and strength to keep up your routine. You certainly don’t need to lift 100 lb weights (I certainly don’t!) But small weights will (and do) help. And yes, when you 1st start out, it does make you sore…like the 1st time for everything, but I would highly recommend implementing it into your routine.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 4, 2015

      Its all about balance keep up the great work and thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica

    Reply Reply December 7, 2015

    That is for the good information! I do a lot of cardio because it’s so good for your heart and it really makes a difference in my energy levels and most important,y it keeps my weight down. I’ve not done much with weights but can see where this could be something good to add to my routine. What do you recommend a beginner start with?

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 19, 2015

      Thanks Glad you liked my information, If your new to resistance training just start out small and use body weight exercises, inside our members only community there are heaps of exercise tips and videos showing you simple easy ways to get started.

  • Emily

    Reply Reply December 9, 2015

    What an interesting concept. I never thought about doing both. I did think weight lifting would just build muscles and make me bulky. I do exercise a lot though. Next time I go to the gym I definitely will look into the weights. I never knew they could be so beneficial. Thanks.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 19, 2015

      Hi Emily, it can be intimidating to get started and you don’t need to join a gym to begin with you can get great results just by using simple at home body weight exercises, building more lean muscle helps with toning and shaping those trouble areas and also boosts metabolism which helps burn more calories.its a win win!

      • Emily

        Reply Reply December 27, 2015

        That’s good to know. Joining a gym seems very intimidating to me but I am thinking about it. Maybe going with a work out buddy would be good. What at home exercises do you recommend?

  • StacyK

    Reply Reply December 10, 2015

    It’s seeming like everything is really about balance in the end. I know some people who never use weights and only do cardio, and I also know some people who never do cardio and only do weights. It makes perfect sense to keep a balance. Thanks for the tip!

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 19, 2015

      Hey Stacy that is true, good point i think if we are doing any sort of activity that we like and can stick too that is really what matters. Something is better than nothing of course. Once we found out what we like and what works for us exercise becomes fun and easy to stick too.

  • Kim

    Reply Reply December 14, 2015

    I hate lifting weights but I just try and switch up my exercise routine and do a little when I can. It’s just easier for me to go for a run. One of my friends suggested running with a light set of weights to help strengthen my arms I guess. Would this count as lifting weights or is it different?

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 19, 2015

      Hey Kim, not really they are to separate form of exercise one being cardiovascular ie running and the other being strength training ie weighs. You would get better results by separating the 2 and not trying to do them at the same time. Simple are exercise with small weight like curls would be great to start help toning your arms, just 3 sets of 10-12 repetitions would be all you need to get started.

  • Cristina

    Reply Reply December 18, 2015

    I think it ultimately depends on the person, but cardio is something I feel overall is the most beneficial regardless of the results you want in particular.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 19, 2015

      Hey Christina, Exactly the best exercise is the one we do on a regular basis, for me taking my dog for a walk for 30 mins. such a simple thing but it adds up over time, thanks for commenting!

  • Jennifer D.

    Reply Reply March 1, 2016

    I’m definitely a cardio-girl. But I need a distraction like my iPod or TV when I do it. I get bored with exercise. Anyway, great video and thanks for sharing it.

    • Kim Rawks

      Reply Reply March 2, 2016

      Hey Jennifer – me, too. But some uptempo music always helps. 🙂

  • Maddie

    Reply Reply March 14, 2016

    I think both are equally important, but it always depends on the person and what kind of results you ultimately want. Cardio burns fat a bit better, but weight training builds strength and tones. I feel like it really does vary from person to person and can even change depending on what stage of your weight loss you’re at. Both are great, though!

  • Bev link

    Reply Reply May 28, 2016

    Like your videos and I like the recipes in the clean eating plan.
    I just wanted to thank you and can you advise me on some weight training that you said you have a link and I couldn’t see it.
    Ok thanks again
    Bev

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