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Cardio or Strength Training?

If you’ve ever wondered if you should make cardio or strength training a priority for weight loose, read on! Your time is precious and you want to make the most of it, right? At the same time you want a toned body without spending hours in a gym. I used to be what is known as skinny fat. I was an avid runner and wasn’t really into lifting weights. Although I looked thin, my body fat percentage was actually 8% higher than it is now.  Fast forward fifteen years and two kids later and I am leaner and shapelier than I was in my twenties. This is all because I started lifting weights and once I started I was hooked!

Cardiovascular exercise is important for heart health, burning calories and increasing endorphins, which reduces stress. It doesn’t do much for your muscles though. Strength training will give us that toned, sexy, look and for every three pounds of muscle you gain, you can expect to burn an extra 120 calories a day without moving a single one of those muscles. Holler! Oh and ladies, do NOT be afraid of strength training! You can even use your own body weight and push-ups, body weighted squats, and lunges are great! So the long answer is you need BOTH cardio and strength training.

What I’ve learned to do in order to maximize my time is to combine strength training with cardiovascular activity. This way I am getting the best of both worlds and my body is lean but not skinny.  My favorite workouts consist of alternating short intense cardio drills with light weight training, repeated for 30-45 minutes. My heart rate gets way up and I am dripping with sweat afterwards! Who doesn’t like to get a good sweat on?

So friend, if you are at a weight loose plateau, try combining cardio and strength training in your next workout and BUST through that plateau! Check out my Infinity Fitness program that does just this!

 

With love and respect,

Mindy Joy

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