Cardio vs. Weights

Should I be doing cardio or weight lifting to get the most out of my workout? Will I be skinnier if I just do cardio, or will I bulk up if I only do weights? I get asked this question of what is better all the time and I have done my research on the topic so I can give you my educated answer!
I have learned more and more lately that there is no one size fits all for the perfect workout. Some people enjoy only cardio, some would rather lift weights, others choose group classes or sports only. All of those options are great, and the truth is you just need to find what works for you. For me, I find I get bored doing the same thing every day and I like to mix it up every day!
The key to whatever you choose is to make sure it is SUSTAINABLE and something you want to do for the rest of your life! Fitness is a lifelong process and it doesn’t end so you better find something you like to do 🙂 #amIright?
There are pros and cons to both cardio and weight lifting. When you lift weights you burn fat for up to six hours after your workout as your muscles rebuild themselves. So you are burning less fat for a longer period of time, versus cardio where you burn more fat in a shorter period of time depending on the intensity of your workout. I recommend doing a mix of both, because there are great benefits for both. Weight lifting reduces the risk of osteoporosis and builds greater bone density, cardio helps lung capacity increase and is good for your cardiovascular system. So enjoy a little of both and don’t stress so much about what kind of workout you are doing, just focus on being active in some way!

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