Building You Workout Routine

Monday June 17, 2013

There is a ton of information out there on how to build your workout routine for the best results.  Which is better for you, cardio or strength training? Experts today believe that a workout should include a combination of both, as each offers different benefits. So, if you’re strictly a cardio junkie, it’s time to change your ways!

When you do high intensity cardio exercise, you’ll burn more calories during your workout than you will vigorously lifting weights. However, in the following 36 hours, your metabolism will remain elevated following a weight lifting session.  So, while cardio burns more calories in the short term, strength training will result in more calories burned over the next few days.

Strength training will also lead to a higher overall metabolism. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you expend. A common fear is that strength training will add bulk and therefore add weight, but this is a misconception. Strength training will build lean muscle and help burn some of the fat. In the long term, you not only become stronger, but you can lose weight as well. strength training is important for maintaining density,  as well.

If you participate in sports, strength training should be an integral part of your conditioning plan. Regardless of your sport: swimming, tennis, running, cycling and more, if it requires strength or explosive power, strength training is sure to improve your performance and reduce your risk of injury.

In summary, strength training can help you lose body fat and is likely a faster ticket to better fitness than just cardio workouts. So head to the weight room, sign up for a free clinic on free weight training, Free Motion equipment,  kettlebells, all of which will help you strengthen muscles and build lean muscle mass.

By: Kathy DeBlasio