So I’m sure you’ve heard time after time cardio is the most effective for weight loss. While cardio is effective, it can often be time consuming. Also when it comes to cardio, yes it burns calories but you also lose muscle. I often hear and see women say they go to the gym just to run to maintain or burn fat. 45 minutes on the treadmill and call it a day. While running is very beneficial when it comes to weight loss and your heart believe it or not, weights burn more calories. Get the fear of weights out of your head! building muscle burns fat quicker and speeds up your metabolism.
Cardio is good for weight loss, but it does not always keep the weight off if you stop for some time. If you stop working out your muscles, over time obviously you will lose some muscle mass but it becomes more difficult to gain weight, while cardio may help you feel and look skinny, lack of muscle does not keep the weight off.
I find that HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts happen to be more effective. Rather than steady cardio at the same pace for 30 minutes you can do a HIIT workout for 15 minutes and it will be just as effective as 30 minutes of just running. go on the treadmill, set it on the highest speed you can maintain, sprint for a minute or longer, slow it down start walking, put it on incline and repeat. Changing speeds challenges your body, and burns more calories for that exact reading. I find that running on incline is also very effective. It is not the easiest thing to do but I have challenged myself to go up a few levels of incline while running as fast as i could weekly. It gets easier and easier, and the easier it gets, I go up a few levels.
I’m sure you have heard the expression “your mind will give up before your body does”. And it is nothing but true! Your body is capable of so much more than you know. 2 weeks of challenging yourself at least 5 times a week and your body will be capable of doing things it has never done before. Some HIIT workouts seem unachievable but thats just your mind telling you that. They are often challenging but simple, and very much achievable. While you may hate it while you are doing it, you will most definitely not regret it after the workout. You will feel refreshed and accomplished. Try 2 weeks of HIIT workouts followed by some weight workouts and see how your body feels! you will not regret it, I promise!