It has been recommended and proven by many weight loss advisers and individuals that a combination of cardio and resistance training will help you lose weight faster and more effectively. You can either do resistance training on certain days of the week and cardio exercises during rest days; do cardio training in an earlier session and resistance training in a later session on the same training day; or do both cardio and resistance exercises in one workout session.
The fast burning of calories brought about by cardio exercises combined with increased and continuous metabolism caused by resistance training would surely make your weight loss program faster and more effective. The best way to integrate these two exercises would be to find the best program that fits your time, your resources, and your endurance. Here are three different programs you can consider:
Do resistance training on certain days of the week and cardio exercises during rest days
Especially if you are just a beginner, always be reminded that when you do resistance training, you must give time for your body to recover. Three to four times a week would make a great resistance training program for you to lose weight and build up muscles. What is important is that you do it on a regular basis and you follow a strict program on progression of frequency and resistance applied. To integrate cardio exercises on your resistance training program to lose weight better, you can perform cardio exercises on your rest days to allow yourself to build up the lost energy and worn out muscles from resistance training.
For example, if you wish to follow four-days-a-week resistance training program, you can group certain muscle exercises on one day, making the second, fourth, and sixth days of the week your rest days, thus your time to do cardio exercises. Consider the following program as an example:
Day 1 - legs and calves resistance training, such as leg presses and calf raises Day 2 - slow-intensity cardio exercise, such as biking at slow pace and strolling Day 3 - back, abdomen, and chest resistance training, such dumbbell row, exercise ball crunch, and push ups Day 4 - slow intensity cardio exercise that you can progress to medium-intensity after a few weeks or months; example: brisk-walking, 30 to 45-minute medium-paced workout at the gym, and jogging Day 5 - triceps and biceps resistance training, such as dumbbell triceps extension and alternate dumbbell curl Day 6 - slow-intensity cardio exercise Day 7 - shoulder and abdomen, such as dumbbell press and machine abdominal crunch
For your resistance training program, you can also use multi-purpose equipment similar to Total Gym 3000 that addresses multiple muscle exercises. Other equipment you can also use for resistance training are dumbbells, barbells, benches, elastic bands, weighted vests, leg presses, and exercise balls.
Do cardio training in an earlier session and resistance training in a later session on the same training day
Especially if you work out in a crowded gym or with limited training equipment, this combination would be advisable if you have time to exercise in the morning and in the afternoon. This combination of cardio and resistance training involves cardio training in the morning and resistance training in the afternoon. Especially for beginners, it is advisable not to do both exercises simultaneously as all your energy may be exhausted on your first weight loss activity.
Cardio training is better done in the morning, especially when you have not taken a full meal as you are able to burn the calories and fats that have been stored overnight. Never do cardio exercises with an empty stomach, though, as you need energy to endure your training. As long as you have not fasted the previous day, you are sure to still have enough energy to undergo up to an hour of slow to medium-intensity cardio exercises in the morning. It is also particularly recommended to be performed after about thirty minutes of being awake as you need time to get yourself more active. Thirty minutes to one hour of running, biking, or brisk walking would do great to burn enough calories and stored fats and to enhance your metabolism for the day.
As you give your body enough time to rest and recoup some energy, you can perform resistance training in the afternoon. One hour is enough for resistance training to be effective in losing weight and at the same time to keep your muscles for overworking.
Do both cardio and resistance exercises in one workout session
This step begins with the usual ways to begin an exercise, which is to warm up. After warming up, you can start with a medium-intensity cardio exercise limited to 30-45 seconds only. This short period of exercise is important to keep your energy until you finish your workout for the day. After your first cardio exercise, you can move on with a particular resistance training exercise with the exact frequency and resistance applied, and then go back to cardio training. Repeat the sequence until you finish your workout for up to forty five minutes only to keep your body from overworking. Always cool down and do not forget to drink water and other fluids in between exercises to keep you hydrated during your workout.
There are other individuals who endure cardio exercises after long minutes of resistance training to lose weight faster. This method is definitely not the best nor is it recommended, since your body gets tired and weary after resistance training, usually resulting to increased risk of injuries and less effective cardio exercises. Again, the best way to combine cardio and resistance training exercises to effectively lose weight is to consider your time, resources, and endurance.
Reposted From Manila Bulletin