When it comes to exercising for weight loss, what works best?
Should we be running until we’re sweating like a Swedish sauna session?
Or heavy lifting until we’re blue in the face, about to burst out of our lycra?
What exercise gets you the best results for weight loss?
Cardio - fast action exercise
Cardio, short for cardiovascular exercise, is a great way to get your heart pumping. It’s also the best way to dramatically increase your fitness.
When it comes to weight loss, cardio helps you burn loads of calories. Working your body hard and fast, pushing your heart rate up into its fat burning zone will reduce your stress levels and improve your sleep.
Often stress and sleep deprivation causes us to get the munchies, so cardio can help us make better eating choices.
Don’t discount how it makes you feel. Working up a sweat might leave you fatigued initially, but a cardio workout can help you feel more energised for the rest of the day.
As you do more cardio, you’ll build your stamina, decrease your recovery time, and your jelly belly might start to shrink.
Running is probably the most common cardio exercise, but if it’s not your thing, there are other ways of cardio training to get your heart rate up like walking, swimming, knee highs, mountain climbers, burpees and skipping.
If you’ve never done Cardio before, always start off slow to avoid injury (say 20 minutes 3 times a week) and build it up from there.
Weights and Resistance - pumping and grunting
Resistance training may not work up the same sweat as cardio, but lifting weights and using your body and bands for resistance is an awesome way to build muscle.
Yes, it’s a way to ‘bulk’ up, but working your muscles also helps to fire your metabolism, burning calories up to 48 hours after your workout.
As you drop fat and add muscle, you’ll not only be getting stronger, you’ll be looking more toned and defined.
Resistance training isn’t just about lifting heavy weights. You can use your bodyweight to create amazing body definition. No need for fancy equipment.
Push ups, squats, tricep dips, and planks are just some of the exercises that use the body as resistance.
Other health benefits of weight training is that it builds muscle strength, increases bone density and gives your body a solid foundation to reduce the risk of joint injury.
Remember when starting out to use a professional like a personal trainer to ensure correct technique and load. Being out of action with a back injury isn’t much fun.
Which is the ultimate fat burner?
The answer is both, together. Blending the 2 into 1 workout session will give you the best weight loss results. Of course, you need to be eating well. You can’t out-train a bad diet.
Bootcamp sessions are designed to give you Cardio, Weights and Resistance training in one fun-filled program.
We’ll throw in some kettlebells, tyres, dumbbells and med balls for added resistance mixed up with fast action cardio in between. Just bring yourself, trust in your PT, and let your body do its thing.
Bootcamp is the smorgasbord of exercise - a little bit of everything to satisfy your body, relax your mind and let go of that excess baggage you’ve been holding onto.
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