Resistance Training vs. Cardio

When it comes to weight training, it’s not uncommon to have a lot of mental resistance. Alot of people avoid weight training saying it’s boring. Others don’t know where to start.

But most of them, especially those looking to drop a few pounds, have a tough time seeing how a workout session with weights could be as beneficial as sweating it out on the elliptical machine or by taking a power walk.

They’re right in one sense: one workout with weights won’t do much good if you want to drop a few sizes.

But, over the long run, resistance training is one of the most effective ways I know to lose weight. (In addition to having tons of other health benefits!)

Here’s how it works:

Say you have an hour to dedicate to your workout. You could jog for that hour and burn about 600 calories. Or you could weight train for an hour and burn about 300 calories.

Why would you want to burn 300 versus 600 calories?

Because, when you’re done with your jog, you’ve burned those calories-and only those calories. But, during that hour of resistance training, you’re revving your body to burn calories for that hour-and many hours after that.

When you incorporate resistance training into your routine consistently, you’ll build lean muscle that will burn more calories for you not only when you are working out, but also when you’re sitting in front of your computer or the TV or even sleeping.

Plus, if you skip or miss a cardio workout, and that’s all you do, then you miss out on the calories burned during that one workout. But if you have resistance training built into your plan, your body will still burn more calories, even if you miss a session with the weights.

How much does that extra pound of muscle really burn? Physiologists differ in numbers ranging from 6 to 50 extra calories per day. However, that number isn’t important. What is important is that lean muscle is more metabolically active than fat and will increase your daily metabolic rate-the perfect foundation for losing fat!

Keep in mind, there are two additional qualities you need to reap all the benefits of resistance training: consistency and patience. It takes 6-8 weeks of steady resistance training (at least three times a week) to make your body a more lean, mean, fat burning machine.

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