Are you one of those cardio-obsessed people who spend hours on the treadmill or elliptical, thinking that the longer you spend on the machine, the more you will see results (weight loss or better body)? This is a boring waste of your time, and this outdated method of exercising is highly overrated and may not give you the results you are expecting. Think about who you would like to model your body after. If it is a professional athlete, fitness model, an actor, or Karina Smirnoff, do you think this is what he or she does all day? Nope. Some fitness experts now believe that for some, the body adapts to excessive long sessions of steady aerobic exercise by storing MORE fat.
Don’t get me wrong, you are burning calories, and yes, cardio (aerobic exercise) in appropriate amounts is important for heart health and blood glucose control, but long, isolated cardio sessions are NOT the superior method to burning fat. The myth that strength training only builds muscle and cardio only burns fat is simply not true. Mindless steady state cardio (especially if you watch TV or read while doing it) leads to a body-mind disconnection resulting in poor results. The ability to do anaerobic exercises—lifting heavy things, running fast, jumping, climbing, fighting—was vital to the survival of our species (primal movement patterns). Being able to jog for an hour at a specified percentage of your maximum heart rate wasn’t vital for our survival. Strength training is essential to build muscle. Muscles are your body’s fat-busters. Muscle will burn calories all day long, not just when you are exercising. The more lean muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate, and the more fat you will burn.
Try doing intervals- just 20 minutes of interval fitness training is as effective as 40 minutes of a cardio routine. Interval training combines short, high intensity bursts of speed, with slow, recovery phases, repeated during one exercise session. Decreasing your empty cardio, increasing your intensity, and adding strength training will give you your best body. You will have more energy, more free time, and you’ll be leaner and stronger. Change up your workout routine every six weeks because your body will adapt to whatever routine you put it through. For workout ideas, check out Zuzana from BodyRockTV. This girl gets it. I’ll post one of her videos below.