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What happens when we stop exercising

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Have you wanted to lose weight, you start a weight loss program and some months after you achieve you desired weight so you stop following? what happened after a couple of months?

The moment we stop exercising we lose muscle, we gain fat and we get out of shape and this negative impact can be seen in just a couple weeks.

Maintaining muscle is critical for health and when we workout with resistance training we gain muscle, the type of muscle we gain varies depending of the type of hypertrophy we worked on. When we stop doing resistance training we lose muscle tissue and strength, the muscle cells get smaller and the fat cells get bigger this is why we feel weaker if we want to lift something heavy and we start gaining weight, the more time we go without exercising the more muscle we lose and the more fat we gain.

It takes time to get in shape, to gain muscle and lose fat but if we stop working out it just take a couple of months to start losing all those gains and fitness that we worked so hard to achieve.

Exercise helps our heart to pump blood to our  entire body, it improves the flow of oxygen through our body too, it helps with adequate use and absorption of nutrients, improves strength, coordination, balance; we won´t get all the benefits from both cardio and resistance training which will impact negatively our body and health. We´ll feel tired faster, low in energy, it will takes us more time to do any physical activity, we lose endurance, bone density decreases and lack of exercise also affects our brain, mood and quality of sleep. Exercise has a lot of benefits that get lost the moment we stop working out, it not only leads to obesity but also depression, high blood pressure, lose confidence in ourselves.

This is one of the reasons why we recommend to do some type of physical activity every day, we get benefits right after we finish our workout and we also get a lot more benefits in the long run, for some of us who don´t like to exercise we need to make it a happen and sometimes with just a couple of days of not doing it we can start creating a bad habit of not working out that will lead to skip it for long periods of time and then it will a lot of effort to develop this habit.

The best option is to do some days resistance training, other days cardio and take one day of if you want to or use if for active recovery which means that you may not have a workout but you can go for a walk in the park which is great because you get sunlight exposure or practice a sport you like, you can also go to a mall and walk there for 30 minutes (do not buy ice cream or any other unhealthy snacks, leave those for cheat meals and special occasions) the goal is to get some type of physical activity every day.

 If for some reason you can´t workout because of an injury, travel or vacation try to get back to the gym as fast as possible always making sure that you´re injury free and you´re allowed to start working out again.

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Do we need to exercise every day?

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If you hate doing exercise you may be waiting for a no to be the answer and the truth is you don´t need to go to the gym every day. There are two cases in which I recommend going to the gym every day, if you are one of this cases then you may consider scheduling one hour a day to workout.

First if you are beginning your fitness journey and you´re just starting training, the reason why is because to sustain our results and stay lean almost effortless we need to develop the habits necessary and exercising is one of those habits we need to develop. To develop a new habit we need to do the activity we want to develop as a habit over and over and over again, habits are develop through repetition and getting up to exercise is one of the most difficult so we need consistency, if we schedule one hour of our day and we get up and do some exercise every single day whether we feel like doing it or not, don´t think about it just get up and do it, it´ll be easier and faster to make this habit stick.

Second if we want to get results as fast as possible, the more consistent we are, the more effort and hard work we put to our goal the faster we´ll achieve it so if we want to achieve our goal as fast as possible we need to do exercise every day, at least 6 days a week, if we are patient and we don´t mind going slower we can exercise 4 days a week.

The reason why most people hate exercise is the pain and struggle and that most of the time they hate the workouts and routines add to this that  it takes time to see results and those results are not what they were expecting, as they keep losing weight they see that they need to eat less and less and do a lot of exercise to maintain which gets to a point where it´s almost impossible to sustain it.

If the workouts and routines are based on some activities or exercise that we enjoy doing or are fun it´ll be easier for us to do them and the results we get are also important to motivate us and continue with the program.

My goal is to make fitness part of your life and making the training part more enjoyable and fun giving you the best results possible, that you love the way you feel and love the way you look, this is why the programs are different from most fitness programs.

If we exercise everyday we develop the habit faster and get results faster, our progress in the workouts will also be faster. We´ll be doing 3 to 4 days of resistance training to maintain and build muscle and the 3 or 4 days lefts we´ll be doing cardio to help burn fat.

Since we´re working on developing the habit of working out daily there´ll be days when we don´t feel like doing it, get up and do it anyway by not listening to the negative thoughts on our mind and all the reasons why we don´t need to do it today and just shutting up all of them and doing our workout we tell our mind that we are stronger, we are conditioning our mind and body to do what we need to do when we need to do it.

Even when the workouts are hard they are more enjoyable, on resistance training we want to get stronger, getting stronger means more muscle and on our cardio workouts we´re burning some calories to lose fat, they´re simple and effective. We´ll be performing 3 to 4 exercises for each muscle and we do some cardio that we love.

We´re keeping things simple sticking with the basics and taking out all the complicated things that don´t give us much results. The simplicity and effectiveness of the workouts will make it easier for us to stick to the program and to develop the habit o daily exercise.

Exercising everyday has so many benefits for our health which combined with the other 4 principles help us live a more healthier life and achieve so many things, it´s not only about looking good, the goal is to live the life you want to live.

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How to improve body composition

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We´ve talked so many times about why our ultimate goal is to improve body composition which means losing body fat and gaining muscle mass to get a lean and toned physique that goes according to our gender, height, etc.

There are 2 ways we can achieve this goal, one is to focus on one goal first, if we are overweight or obese we lose fat first and then we gain muscle, if we are skinny we gain muscle first and then lose some fat. The second option is to work on both goals at the same time which is harder to do and take more time, this option is better for someone who has some fat to lose but not a lot and who needs to gain muscle, someone who’s current physique is between skinny and overweight.

Most of us want to see some results as fast as possible otherwise we lose motivation and try something else which is actually the biggest mistake but considering this the best option is to focus on one goal at a time, first lose fat and then gain muscle or first gain muscle and then lose fat, the only reason for this is to get results faster. Most of us use the scale to see our progress and even when it´s not the best option we continue paying a lot of attention to what it says. When w e focus on one goal at a time we will see results in a couple weeks and if we follow the right program those results show in the scale, the mirror and clothes.

Some people on the industry say that it´s impossible to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time, from what I´ve seen it´s not impossible, for someone new to the gym it´s simple and for someone who has been training for a long time it is harder but that doesn´t mean it´s impossible. If we follow the right workout and nutrition program we will get results but it takes a lot more time.

Creating a good program that helps us improve body composition requires to consider the most effective techniques for muscle growth and fat loss and use them in a way to complement each other.

As we know for fat loss we need to be in a calorie deficit and for muscle growth we need to be on a calorie surplus, this is why most experts say that it´s impossible but if our nutrition program goes according to our workout program we can do it .

Training

1.- Focus on resistance training and work on both types of hypertrophy,

2. Add HIIT cardio and increase physical activity throughout the day.

Nutrition

1. Make sure that we´re getting enough protein which is the most important macronutrient for muscle growth,

2. Cycle calories by using an strategy called carbohydrate cycling, we keep protein and fats the same every day and we lower carbs some days and other days we increase carbs.

On resistance training days we increase carbohydrates to get a calorie surplus and on cardio days we lower carbohydrates to get a calorie deficit. We can lower carbohydrates just to maintenance but it all depends of our results and how we feel.

Losing body fat and gaining muscle at the same time is more complex but it can be done it requires a really well created program and the results will vary according to our training experience.

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Make training as simple as possible

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There´s a tendency to overcomplicate things knowing that the more complicated the more sure we´re not going to follow it, we tend to think that if something is simple it won´t work but there´s a big gap between simple and easy, even when the concepts to lose fat and achieve any fitness goal are simple they´re not easy.

We don´t need to spend 2 hours in the gym everyday and we don´t need to do a lot of different exercises for each muscle group, this only make things more confusing and we waste a lot of time, we don´t need to do a lot of sets and reps unless we´re looking for an endurance workout.

Nowadays most guys like to train one muscle group per day the 5 day split that we see most guys in the gym following, if we´re not a bodybuilder we don´t need to do this, a lot of guys give more attention and prioritize isolation movements so they spend a lot of time in the gym getting the “pump”.

If we keep in mind our primary goal which is improve body composition, gaining muscle while keeping body fat low then resistance training is a priority it´s more important than cardio. We need to follow workout programs that focus on helping us gain lean muscle so we need to be training 3 to 4 days a week on this, the days left we can do some cardio.

We can divide resistance training exercises in three categories, bodyweight exercises, compound exercises and isolation exercises. Bodyweight and compound movements are the best option to gain muscle and get stronger, the way to gain dense muscle is by getting stronger on those exercises.

Workouts based on simple exercises like pushups, pull ups, squats, handstands, leg raises, bench press, over head press, bent over row, barbell squats and dead lifts are simple and effective, to this we can add some isolation exercises to target weaker muscles or work harder a muscle group we want to stand out. What we want with resistance training is to get stronger in the 5 to 8 rep range and 8 to 12 rep ranges to build dense muscle.

Once we have our resistance training in place we can add some cardio workouts just a tool to help us burn some extra calories that will help us get leaner faster or to maintain a low body fat, we´ll also get all the amazing benefits of endurance. We don´t want to do a lot of cardio or make it the base of our workouts because it´s not the way to gain muscle.

How we design our workouts depend of what we like to do, if we prefer bodyweight exercises we can make them the base of our workouts and add compound movements as a second option, if we prefer compound movements we can use them as our base and just use bodyweight exercises to compliment the workout, we can use them both for a more complete workout and to get stronger on both.

Once we have this on place we may want to add some isolation movements for muscle that need extra work like calves, shoulders, arms and abs, just one exercise for each is all we need, calf raises, lateral raises for shoulders, dips for triceps and chin ups or barbell curls for biceps.

This may seems so simple and basic but it´s the truth and is what works, I´m old school, I like to stick with the basics and simple tools which end being the more effective. If we want great results as fast as possible we need to focus and stick with what works, whit the tools that are going to give us the best results in the shortest period of time and that we can sustain for the rest of our life.

Traditional fitness programs are in most cases not the best option, they overcomplicate things, they make everything harder than it is, they don´t focus on health. The reality is simple, focus o getting stronger on bodyweight and compound movements, add some cardio to burn extra calories.

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What we need to know about muscle hypertrophy

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In the last training post we talked about muscle fibers and how they play an important role for any fitness goal, today we´re going to talk about how those two types of muscle fibers are related to hypertrophy which is something we need to understand for muscle growth if we want to get the best results.

There are 2 types of hypertrophy which are  sarcoplasmic and myofibryllar. The 2 of them are related to the muscle fibers because depending of the rep range we are working is how we target each of them.

In sarcoplasmic hypertrophy the muscle increase in size because more fluid gets into the cell, we target slow twitch muscle fibers which are type 1, working around the 12 to 15 reps per set or more. If we want to get “the pump” this is where you need to focus on, this is also the most common rep range and the one we´ll see a lot more on gyms.

Since we are lifting light weights for high reps we can use the 3 types of exercises; bodyweight, compound and isolation (I´m writing a post for each).

This type of hypertrophy makes us a slave to the gym, we need to be training to hit the muscle otherwise we lose it. Is easier and faster to gain muscle and to look big with this one but if we take some time off the gym we lose those gains.

In myofibryllar hypertrophy the muscle cell increase in number, we target fast twitch muscle fibers which are type 2, working around the 5 to 8 reps per set. If we want to build lean dense muscle this is where we need to focus on.

Since we are lifting heavy weights for low reps we can use bodyweight and compound exercises which are the ones we can lift heavy weight, with isolation we can´t lift heavy because we can get injured.

This type of hypertrophy takes more time to build and to get big but it´s there to last,  we can take some time off the gym and it will take longer until we lose that muscle. What we need to consider is that here we are working our central nervous system and it takes more time to recover.

If our goal is only to gain strength we need to work on the 5 to 8 rep range which is type 2 or fast twitch muscle fibers if our goal is to get muscle mass faster we need to work on the 12 to 15 rep range which is type 1 or slow twitch muscle fibers. The best option for muscle growth is to work on both creating a program that focuses some days on sarcoplasmic hypertrophy and other days on myofibrillar hypertrophy or creating a program where we can combine both in the same workout.

When we combine both types of hypertrophy we make sure that we build lean dense muscle which takes longer but also last longer and we get “the pump” to look bigger, this also help us design workouts with high volume which is also key for muscle growth, there are many variables that come into play (we´re going to talk about all of them in separated posts for each) and that we need to consider to make sure that we give our muscles the stimulus they need but also enough recovery to grow.

We also need to consider that muscle growth is the results of the right stimulus, recovery and also proper nutrition which we´re going to talk about in a separate post.

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What we need to know about muscle fibers

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Losing weight and getting in shape is one of the most common goals and then building an amazing physique, if you´ve been on this industry for a long time you know that every year new trends come out just like diets, some people prefer to stick with the basics while others love to try every new workout program, routine or technique.

We don´t need to follow trends, we need to understand how our body works and which tools we can use to achieve our goals, muscle fibers are one of the most important stuff we need to know and understand if we want to get the best results with our program.

We have two types of muscle fibers which are type 1 and type 2, knowing how this two types of fiber works and how you can hit them or target them is key to creating workout programs that lead to our goals.

Type 1 muscle fibers or slow twitch muscle fibers are target with light weights , high reps and short rest periods around the 12 to 15 reps and 30 to 60 seconds rest. This fibers are more efficient at using oxygen and they fire slowly and they can go for long periods of time before they fatigue, this fibers are more useful in marathons, swimming long distances or any activity that follows a steady state pace for long periods of time. This are used for steady state cardio.

Type 2 muscle fibers or fast twitch muscle fibers are target with heavy weights , low reps and long rest periods  around the 5 to 8 reps and 2 to 5 minutes rest. This type of fibers are able to fiber faster generating short burst of power, speed or strength and they fatigue more quickly. This are used for HIIT cardio type of training.

In fitness there are so many different goals and getting in shape is just one of them, improving body composition must be our ultimate goal but we can also gain muscle, improve overall performance, increase strength, increase endurance, etc.

The reason why some people are better in certain sports is because we´re all different and the combination of muscle fibers in each of us have an impact on our performance making us better at some types of activities but practice and our daily habits also play an important part on overall performance.

Knowing the combination of muscle fibers we possess and having a clear goal makes it possible for us to design a workout program that get us the results we´re looking for by considering our genetics and making use of them in the best way possible and not as an excuse.

If you are an professional athlete then it´s best to focus on your sport otherwise for normal people like me is not only about looking great is also about performing great in our daily activities so we our goal is to improve body composition and improve overall performance but we don´t need to get to any extreme is about getting in our best shape possible and for this we need to work both types of muscle fibers and this can be done with both types of training, cardio and resistance.

As you can see things can get really complex, whether we use this information or not depending of our goals is important that we understand how our body works at least the basics so that we can design a workout program that works for us. There are so many different programs out there which will give us results for a period of time but creating a personalized program for each of our goals based on our body and what we love will get us higher, it´s not the same to buy programs and depend of those than to have the information we need to create our own.

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The benefits of resistance training

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Do you lift weight or are you afraid that you will gain too much muscle and get big?

Many of us are afraid of lifting weights and doing resistance training because we will get big, especially girls, fortunately this is wrong we won´t get big (unless that´s your goal which we will talk about how to do it in other post) but we will look lean, and toned. We think too much about this that we forget all the benefits for overall health that resistance training has to offer.

We know that resistance training gives the stimulus our muscles need to grow and get stronger, if we want to build an amazing physique resistance training is key there´s no other way to achieve a physique that looks lean, toned and strong without giving our body and muscles the stimulus they need.

There are different variables and training techniques we can use to get the type of physique we want (we´re going to see more in depth in other posts) so we need to have a clear goal so that we can design the best workout program.

As we get older we start losing muscle mass so we need to make sure that we build lean muscle and maintain it to avoid this loss as we age, it also increases bones mineral density which keeps our bones strong and improves physical performance on daily activities, it increases metabolism, improves body composition, helps us prevent injuries and chronic pains and as we see our body changing and getting leaner it bust confidence, increases self-esteem and helps lower anxiety and depression, it also slows and even reverse aging factors.

As we get older we are more susceptible to accidents and injuries so resistance training is a way to make sure that we not only look strong but that we´re actually strong, as cardiovascular exercise has many amazing benefits beyond fat loss and weight management which includes our brain and heart, resistance training also has a lot of amazing benefits that go beyond looking lean which include strong bones.

Resistance training can get really complex if we talk about all the training variables and advance techniques (we´re going to talk about them on separate posts) we can use to make our workouts fit our goals but if our goal is only to get in shape, sustain it and for health reasons we can keep our programs really simple what we need to consider is that both cardio and resistance have great benefits for health so if we can find ways to use them both not necessarily the same day that´s the way to go.

We don´t need to go to a gym if we don´t want, we can get a really good workout with bodyweight exercises and if we want to add more volume we can add compound exercises. Going to a gym when we´re out of shape or starting in fitness is very overwhelming, we don´t feel good and don´t have the confidence so we can start at home with minimal equipment.

Making our programs based on resistance training is the best option, if we over do it with cardio we can lose muscle and that´s not what we want so we need to create the resistance part of our program based on our goals first, then we add cardio to help us achieve our goals faster and also to get those benefits.

If our goal is health and living a better life then keeping things simple with just a few exercises done correctly with the right amount of intensity and effort is all we need, we can get a great work in 45 some days resistance and other days cardio or we can do them both and have an amazing workout in 60 minutes by doing 15 to 20 minutes of cardio and 40 to 45 minutes of resistance training. If you love working out like I do you can work out every day just making sure that you have enough rest and recovery which we´re going to talk about in future posts.

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Training tools for fat loss

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Have you tried any of those commercial weight loss programs? Did you get results? Were you able to maintain those results for a long time?

The truth is that those programs are designed to give us results as fast as possible without considering if it´s the best way to do it and it´s really hard to maintain the results. You may have gone to the gym and spend hours on cardio machines doing long sessions of steady state cardio of maybe you tried some aerobics class and ended up hating it.

Cardio is not the best training option for fat loss, yes it burns more calories while we are doing it but it´s not our goal. We want to improve body composition, we want to have the right amount of lean muscle mass and body fat so that we look great and for this we need to focus on weight training even when our goal is fat loss, the best training tools for fat loss are as follow:

1. Resistance training

We need to do resistance training meaning weight training at least 4 days a week focusing on maintaining strength so that we make sure that we maintain as much muscle as possible so we need to work with bodyweight and compound exercises in the 5 to 8 rep range.

2. Cardio training

We add some cardio exercise the 3 days left or at least 2 days a week to help us burn some extra calories so that we can achieve our goal a little faster. We can do steady state cardio or HIIT depending of our levels, if you are starting on fitness and you are out of shape the best option is steady state and then try HIIT, if you have been working out for some time you can go with HIIT which is considered to be the best cardio option for fat loss or we can combine both.

For any fitness program we need to consider our goal first and understand how stuff works, most people when they think about weight loss, fat loss or getting in shape is about cardio or aerobics, those are the first type of exercises that come to mind but as you can see we need to focus more on weight training otherwise we will lose muscle mass and look skinny which is not what we want.

Considering this 2 training tools for fat loss we can create a simple and effective plan that will not only help us get in shape but also will improve our life by increasing self-confidence as we get results.

For someone who hates exercising this can be the hard part because we need to put the hard work, there´s no other way to get in shape we need to exercise (we can lose weight with diet only but it´s not recommended) but following this tools we don´t need to spend hours in the gym, with 45 minutes we can get an effective workout we just need to make sure that we´re working hard, with the right effort without getting our ego get in the way.

If you´re only looking for a fat loss program to get in shape and one in which you can maintain the results just click here and you´ll have a fat loss program we created considering the fat loss principles post, training tools for fat loss and nutrition tools for fat loss posts.

You can start today by reading all the posts you need and getting everything ready to start your fitness journey tomorrow, there´s no need to wait until next Monday or next Month or for New Year’s Resolutions, start today.

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The benefits of cardio training

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Do you go to the gym and do long sessions of cardio? or do you prefer HIIT?

Many of us think of cardio as the best tool to lose fat which is not exactly right and we tend to forget all the amazing benefits it has for our health.

We all know that cardio helps us improve our endurance and overall fitness level it help us get in shape and stay in shape. Daily physical activity is important, if we want to be healthy we need to exercise our heart and brain we´ll thank us for doing it and we´ll feel a lot better every single day. Most of us do not get the amount of exercise recommend which is between 120 to 150 minutes per week, if we divide those 150 minutes into 7 it´s around 20 minutes daily we can all schedule 20 minutes every day to do some physical activity it can be as simple as taking a walk if we´re starting.

Some diseases and health issues had increased in the past years, the less we move and more sedentary we become the more health problems we face, it´s not only about obesity and overweight also depression, anxiety, alzheimer, cardiovascular diseases are also related to a lack of exercise.

It blows my mind how we do not prioritize our health until it´s too late, until we feel bad or realize that something is wrong so we go to the doctor and take some pills hoping to get better which actually only treat the symptom but we got everything in our hands and we can prevent many health problems just by changing our lifestyle.

Doing some exercise for at least 20 minutes every day has a lot of amazing benefits which include improving our mood, keeps our brain healthy and avoid the risk of dementia, parkinson, azlheimer, studies show that cardio reduces decline in brain functioning and increase the growth of brain cells, it improves memory, it helps with depression and anxiety and we can get some of those benefits right after we´re working out and when we´re done like improving our mood, we feel a lot better when we finish and if we do it consistently we get the benefits in the long run.

Cardiovascular exercise is great for our heart it increases blood and oxygen flow throughout the body, we cannot forget that our heart is a muscle. It helps lower blood pressure, it increases oxygen in the muscles which helps them recover and work harder.

Cardio is a great tool to help us lose fat, get lean and stay lean if we use it correctly, it may not be the best option but it help us achieve our goals faster. If we go to a gym we´ll see most people on the treadmill, bicycles or other cardio machines doing long and boring sessions, this type of cardio workouts are called steady state where we go for at least 30 minutes usually from 45 to 60 minutes at a low to moderate intensity depending of our level for the entire time.

Another type of cardio is HIIT (high intensity interval training) this means that we do an exercise for example sprints for 10 to 30 seconds as hard as we can and we rest for 30 to 60 seconds and we repeat it for several times.

Studies show that HIIT burns more fat than steady state cardio and there are studies that show that HIIT can also increase lean muscle mass so if we consider this studies HIIT is the best option for fat loss and to stay lean.

So how does HIIT help you burn more calories than traditional steady state cardio? The answer is EPOC. Actually if we compare the calories burn on each type of exercise (HIIT and steady state) we´ll see that we burn more calories with steady than with HIIT, but the benefits of HIIT come after we are done with our workout. Once we´ve finished our HIIT session our body´s metabolism stays high burning more calories for some period of time, this is called excess-post- oxygen consumption. It´s the amount of oxygen your body needs to get back to normal.

Doing some physical activity is important at least 5 days a week, HIIT is a great option or doing 20 minutes of an intense session is also great, if you´re starting you need to start small, going for a walk at least 5 minutes at your own pace and start increasing the intensity and time, it needs to be challenging so stop what you´re doing and go for a walk.

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Differences between cardio and resistance training

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We all know that exercise has many benefits but we need to understand the difference between cardiovascular and resistance training.

Many of us think of cardio as the way to get lean, to get in shape and to lose weight we think we need to do it if even when those sessions are long and boring. This is not completely true, cardio is not the best way to lose fat and get in shape or stay in shape, it is helpful if we use it the right way but it´s not necessary so if your goal is only to lose fat and look good physically you can skip it but cardiovascular exercise has incredible benefits for our health which we will talk about in the next posts.

The reason why many people in the industry make us think that cardio is a great tool for fat loss is this there are research that shows that one hour of cardio compared to one hour of resistance training burns more calories while we are doing it so, thinking about weight loss as calories in and calories out if we want to lose fat  we need to do cardio to burn more calories right?

Not so fast, … with all types of exercise we send signals to our body and our body will respond accordingly to that signal. With cardio we are sending the message to our body to become more efficient at using calories.

If we´ve been spending the last years without doing any exercise, the moment we start working out it will feel like hell, we´ll be so tired and we´ll burn a lot of calories but with time if we continue doing the same exercise, for the same amount of time at the same intensity it´ll become easier and easier and our body will burn less calories every time we do it. If cardio is the only exercise we do, we may start losing muscle and now that our body has adapt to that activity our metabolism slows down.

After following a weight loss program based on cardio for a long period of time we´ll need to do more exercise and eat less to sustain our results this is why  it´s almost impossible to maintain the results when we stop the program.

With resistance training the signal we are giving to our body is to get stronger, when we are doing resistance training we are giving a stimulus to the muscles and that stimulus let our body knows that it needs those muscles so it needs to get stronger and grow to be able to make it through the next workout. This increases our metabolism because our muscles need more energy. If we want to get in great shape and sustain it without too much effort this is the way to go, focus on resistance training and we cannot forget all the benefits that is has for our health to.

In the last post we talked about improving body composition which means to lose fat and gain or maintain lean muscle mass, the way to do this is by making resistance training the base of our workout programs and we add some cardio according to our goals.

The best option for any workout program is to fit both resistance and cardio training, the way we design our program will vary according to our goals, there are different tools, types or techniques we can choose for each but what I recommend is to focus on resistance training for muscle growth (we don´t need to get big if we don´t want to) and add cardio to helps us achieve our goals a little faster so that we get the health benefits of both of them.

It´s not necessary to do both types of training the same day, we can create a workout program where we do resistance training some days and other days cardio or if you love working out like I do you can do both the same day every day if the program is designed correctly.

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