It is popular belief that if you are wanting to shed some unwanted weight that you are better off going for a run than hitting the gym. Sure there are some good reasons why people often think this, high intensity cardio WILL burn some serious calories.
However the most effective way to shed unwanted weight (and keep it off!) is through a combination of BOTH cardio and resistance training and here is why:
When you participate in an aerobic activity, such as going for a jog or a swim, your body will burn more calories than it might do if you were to spend the same amount of time doing bicep curls. Yet, the changes to your lean muscle mass remain minimal. Sure these types of cardiovascular endurance training are very important as they help keep your circulatory and respiratory systems healthy and they also burn through calories. But this doesn't mean they should be the only consideration when you are focused on shedding weight.
Even though there is an after burn effect gained from participating in an intense cardio session.
The other thing to consider is that through resistance training you are working to increase your body’s lean muscle mass. Your muscles need energy in order to function. Even when you are just standing around, or bending down to pick something up, your muscles fibers are contracting to provide your movement, strength and stability. The more lean muscle mass you have, the more muscle fibers are contracting which means the more energy is being used and the more calories you are burning. Simple!
Plus let’s not forget that through resistance training, you are also working on toning the different muscles of your body, which will help you shape and tone your body to get the look you are after - multiple benefits!
So what is the most effective way to burn fat? A balanced combination of both resistance and endurance training is the best way to achieve your goals. This is why a Fitness In Time workout combines lots of different elements of fitness, a warm-up to prevent injuries, a resistance circuit round our machines to make sure that all of the main muscle groups are worked, target exercises to focus on some areas that are specific to you, cardio for the heart and lungs and then some stretching to help with flexibility!
Through combining different types of training you will find you are much more efficient and successful in achieving your weight loss goals!