Cardio is a great start to a fit lifestyle. But after doing the elliptical for 45-minutes, five days a week, you will experience a physical plateau. That’s because cardio only raises your metabolism during the period of time that you’re exercising. In a way, that’s a good thing, because it means your body doesn’t have to work as hard to pump oxygen through your body. Ultimately, all that cardio might be what’s holding you back from your goals.
A cardio workout is anything that makes you a little breathless for one-minute or more. As you keep running or going on the elliptical, you increase your endurance by making it easier for your heart to pump blood, which carries oxygen, to the rest of your body.
Weight loss is actually pretty simple. One pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories. So in order to lose that pound of fat, you need to burn 3500 calories. To put that in perspective, it would take a 200 pound person running at an 8-minute mile pace for three hours to burn all that off. You’ll need more than just cardio to burn off a pound of fat, especially once your cardiovascular system is more efficient.
Generally, weight training you will raise your metabolism, then you will lose weight. This is true unless you eat more than you burn. The perk of weight training is your body’s metabolism will increase, and you’ll have to spend less time exercising to maintain weight loss. More muscle means your body is always burning more calories.
Losing weight is a great reason to start working out, but remember that you’ll be doing a lot more than just trimming down on your jean size. Weight training will give you an increased range of motion and mobility. It feels great to look good, but being able to do the things you were able to do when you were 18 is an even better feeling. Life is about staying on the move and doing the things that make you happy.
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