Cardio VS Strength Training... you'll be surprised!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

I was reading this article yesterday about Cardio vs Strength Training and would like to share some of the interesting things I learned.

To knock out Fat and keep it off;
Calorie for calorie, cardio has a slight advantage. You burn 8 to 10 calories a minute lifting weights compared with 10 to 12 calories a minute running or cycling.

Lifting weights gives you a metabolic spike for about an hour after a workout because your body is trying to help your muscles recover. That means you'll burn an additional 25 percent of the calories you just scorched during your strength session, For example: If you burned 200 calories lifting weights, it's really closer to 250 overall. and if you lift heavier weights or rest no more than 30 seconds between sets, you can annihilate even more.

Something else I read "For every 3 pounds of muscle you build, you'll burn an extra 120 calories a day -- just vegging -- because muscle takes more energy to sustain,". Over the course of a year, that's about 10 pounds of fat -- without even changing your diet.

Cardio vs ST for Stress Relief
Only 15 minutes of aerobic activity two to three times a week can reduce anxiety significantly, according to a 2005 study in the European Journal of Sports Science. Go at it 3 to 5 days a week and you can cut fatigue by nearly 50 percent. "Cardio elevates serotonin levels in the brain, a key neurotransmitter involved in improving symptoms of depression,"
Where ST is involved there wasn't any scientific results on stress relief.

Self confidence and overall physical appearance:
Cardio gives you self confidence say you want to be a runner, cyclist, swimmer, or other athletes you get this new founded confidence level because of the sense of accomplishment you feel each time you cross the finish line -- even when they bring up the rear.

ST gives you the self confidence because after a great workout you blood has rushed to your muscles, making them swell and appear more toned. Beyond vanity, you feel confident because you just pressed some major poundage.

I read in 2006, researchers at McMaster University in Ontario tested subjects' body image -- how they felt about others checking them out, and how satisfied they were with their own appearance before and after 12 weeks of strength training. The women made significant improvements, and they were particularly influenced by the physical results of increasing the amount lifted.

Facts I learned for the runner in you:
If you are wanting to run a 5K and you want to beat your last race time you need to put in the miles. The best way to train for an endurance event is by practicing it. This goes for Swimmers, for example, they need to learn how to breathe properly, and cyclists who need to hone cadence.

Now ST is essential for speed boost - especially for your core and legs.

Now after all that I have learned I still like my cardio but I will definitely start doing more ST.... Enjoy your workout!
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  • WENDY27
    Thanks for the information. I think I'll stick to doing mostly cardio with some ST thrown in.
    3411 days ago
    Thanks- I'll pick ST of cardio everyday- need to keep things in perspective.
    3412 days ago
    Great info!
    3412 days ago
    Very interesting!! I am a total cardio gal - I love all the sweat I get from being on the elliptical. I figure I need the cardio to burn off all the fat, and then do ST to tone up what is left!
    3412 days ago
    Good Stuff - but you know me - I will still take the ST over cardio - I was telling Barb the other day that after a really good ST workout and I get showered and ready for the day, somehow I always fell taller - yes taller - weird, but that's how I feel. Endorphins, I guess!!
    3412 days ago
    I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for the valueable information.
    3412 days ago
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    very true janet, Thanks for sharing this very interesting article with me. i am totally with you,Any day i prefer the cardio over st, maybe for the fact, that i feel the sense of achievement when i do it, it is more quantifiable. but after reading your blog, i am going to up my st and concentrate on my moves, to get the toned body. Thanks once again for sharing this very interesting blog.
    3413 days ago
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