So many people ask me if they should do weight training or cardio for weight loss. In order to see long lasting results that will stick around, you actually want a mix of both. Cardio has a great impact on your endurance and heart health. You need to have some type of cardiovascular routine in the mix of your training. Lifting weights is also important. Lifting helps you to have more lean muscle mass which in turn will create a faster metabolism and help you burn more calories at rest.
If you want to get into a fun breakdown here is a great way to decipher between lifting and/or doing cardio!!
If you are looking at cardio vs. weight training in terms of calories burnt cardio has a slight advantage. You'll burn 8 to 10 calories a minute hoisting weights, compared with 10 to 12 calories a minute running or cycling. However..... Lifting weights gives you a metabolic spike for an hour after a workout because your body is trying hard to help your muscles recover. That means you can potentially burn an additional 25 percent more calories throughout the day!
If you are feeling stressed out, doing cardio can help clear your mind because it is a mindless distraction that releases healthy endorphin's. For many people, having a stressful day can also mean a killer lifting session!! If you just need to get out some anger, nothing is better than hitting the weights for a strength session.
Cardio can provide you with the immediate sense of accomplishment right after you finished a long run or endurance session. Your going to have more confidence that overflows into other aspects of your life. Weight training really does help you look good because your increasing your lean muscle growth as well as gaining confidence through lifting.
Finally, long days of cardio can put a strain on your body, joints, and muscles. It's important to have days of light training and one of the best preventative measures is to add in weight training into your routine. Not only will it provide your body some rest from grinding on the pavement but it will also help you to strengthen muscles and prevent injuries!!
So as you can see, training needs a partnership between cardio and weights. If you need to pick one over the other try doing a session that has a combination of both so you can reap both of the amazing benefits of lifting and burning a ton of calories !