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Cardio vs. Weight Training For Weight Loss

Yes, it’s true that in general, you will likely burn more calories per session of cardio compared to weight training for the same amount of effort and duration (note that the number of calories you burn during exercise depends on your body size and how intensely you work out).

HOWEVER…while a weight training session may not burn as many calories as a cardio session, weight training is more effective than cardio at building muscle and muscle burns more calories at rest. In addition, there are studies that support the heavier you lift, the more calories burned during the two hours following your workout.

Benefits to weight training go beyond just weight loss.

Weight training…

♦ helps reduce injuries,

♦ builds strength and

♦ keeps your bones healthy.

Personally, I love the rush of energy I get after a good run or Zumba class. Cardio is amazing for your cardiovascular health since your heart and lungs work harder for longer. I also love the look of lean defined muscles and being able to carry heavy grocery bags on one arm and my kids on the other, which is attributed to the strength building I get from weight training.

In my opinion, a fitness plan that includes BOTH cardio and weight training is important for becoming a healthier, fitter you!

NOTE: If your goal is weight loss, you will need to focus on what and how much you are eating if you want to see maximum results.

Guided Wellness Tip: If you currently are not incorporating some type of exercise into your daily/weekly routine, now is the time to start! Start small, but just start. You will feel better that you did!

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