Cardio. It’s the one form of exercise that can help burn off our excess calories through its most popular forms such as walking or running which can be sustained over a longer period of time thus burning more net cals.
However cardio is also something I have been overlooking. In my two weeks at the gym I have been mainly participating in ‘pump’ classes, a work out using weights, three times a week. I have unfortunately showed the same enthusiasm for the treadmill twice, if even, over the last fortnight. But will it matter when I edge towards the scales this weekend? And if loosing weight is the goal shouldn’t I be focusing on cardio rather than weights?
After some online research and chats with some PTs at the gym I realise that my efforts have been outbalanced.
Cardio such as aerobic exercise is important to weight loss as it burns more calories over a shorter period of time but that’s not to say I should ditch the weights all together. A PT explained I should be focusing around 60-80% of my gym time to cardio and 20-40% to other work outs, ideally I should get both into a few sessions a week, but as a recovering smoker I find an hour is my cut off point, which is yet another motivation to up my cardio – Stamina. Hopefully by focusing more on my cardio I will be able to run for over 2 minutes without gasping for air and going back to walking for five or more minutes. As of week three I will aim to do 1-2 weight classes but 3-5 days cardio for that week as opposed to 1-2 cardio work outs and 3-5 weight training. Results will be posted in next weeks blog!