Does cardio burn more calories than strength training?
With the holidays just behind us, I see many people posting pictures of aerobic activities with comments on burning extra calories from their Holiday meals.
So which is it? Cardio or Strength Training for weight loss?
Contrary to a long held belief, strength training is, as studies have shown, superior to cardio activities in caloric burn. Studies have shown participants blasting as many calories doing 30 minutes of weight training as they did running at a six minute-per-mile pace for the same amount of time. One of the downfalls of aerobic activities is that it requires your body to use a lot of extra oxygen, increasing total amount of oxidation stress and producing an overload of cortisol, also known as “the stress” hormone, which breaks down muscle tissue and suppresses the immune system.
Strength training is superior to cardio
The other huge benefit of strength training is that it boosts your metabolism after your workout and builds muscle that will further increase your fat-burning potential in the long run. With cardio activities, when you leave the gym, that’s it for your calorie burn. But when you do strength training, you’ll continue to burn calories for up to 72 hours.
Now THAT’s some serious weight loss potential!
Recap: Cardio or Strength Training for fat loss? Strength Training is no 1. If you are engaging in cardio activities, make sure to add strength training to your weekly routine.
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