|Womens Health Magazine|
When I first realized the importance of a healthy lifestyle combined with eating right and exercising:
I'd go to the gym and spend hours on the elliptical trainer, the static bike, the treadmill, the stair stepper...anything cardio related really.
Not until I lost some weight did I venture into the weight room. In my mind:
Once I had burned the fat hiding these areas I then started toning them. Sounds logical right?
Fast forward 8 years and I would say that the information out there isn't definitive one way or the other. Personally, I'm no longer one of those people who only goes to the gym for the cardio machines. I also have a real interest in strength training.
However, after a snacking binge, I think first about running to burn off some of those calories and not about pumping iron.
Last week, while browinsg twitter, I came across an interesting tweet from @WomensHealthMag. The article gave a breakdown (based on your needs) on whether cardio or strength training was "better".
- To burn fat and keep it off = strength training
- Combat stress = cardio
- Increase self-confidence = strength
- Reduce exercise related injuries = strength
- Live longer = cardio
- Increase your speed = it was a tie
Yesterday, I read another tweet posted by @katieRUNSthis. She wanted to know how much strength training we runners incorporate into our routines. As well as how much we think we should be doing. So, maybe we only do strength training twice a week but think the magical number is three times a week.
Honestly, I don't know how much I should be doing.
All I know is that I need both to be a stronger and more efficient runner. Even when I wasn't training I would do both cardio and strength everytime I hit the gym. I felt I couldn't have one without the other. Yet, in the past I was convinced that cardio was the answer to my healthier lifestyle goals.