Cardio or weight lifting? How much? My thoughts...
Thursday, August 06, 2009
I hope you have read the Time Magazine article I posted earlier. The study got me thinking what I have learned and how I have exercised.
I have heard some government group and universities recommend that obese and overweight people need to exercise a minimum of 60-90 minutes to lose weight and 30-60 minutes to maintain once normal weight, a minimum of 5 days a week. That at least has been my experience in my weight loss. Researchers also found the higher the stress the higher your waistline. This is due to cortisol levels which can be combated by small, regular meals and exercise. Exercise also makes me happier, healthier, and more solid, less flabby
I can be a solid 168 pounds and others at the same weight have a totally different body type, even if they are the same height. I always did some sort of weight lifting or exercise, I just didn't have control of my eating. Now that I do, I am finally losing weight. I don't think my body will lose much more weight. That fat is melting and the muscle is taking it's place. I may find a balance before I even reach 160pounds! Sounds crazy being that I am 5'5" but it's true. So lift weights and get solid quicker! Strength training 2-3 days a week and hitting all the muscle groups is a good amount and not too tough. Find ways to squeeze cardio into everyday moments. You don't need to do it all at once. Six 10 minute walks, sprints up steps, whatever and the weight lifting can count as cardio if it is very intense. Just do your best and the food is the most important part, calories in vs calories out! On your comments below give me your ideas for quick, short workouts.