Finding a good fitness exercise program that works for you can make your life a whole lot easier and your workouts much more productive. I have been exercising for around 25 years and have done pretty much every different type of fitness exercise program that there is. I spent so much time trying to figure out what works and hoping for results, although more often then not, I would come up disappointed. I can’t tell you what will work for your body with 100% accuracy, although there are some basic things that you need to do that will definitely work. I am going to go over one of the biggest misconceptions about a fitness exercise program that I see on a regular basis. If you follow what I am saying here and make a few changes, you will see more results and get better production from your workouts. Here we go.
Resistance training versus cardio training:
When deciding to lose weight and get in shape, most people decide to start running or jogging as their main form of exercise. They buy a new pair of running shoes, some running clothes, and maybe even a treadmill. They get started with the best of intentions, run for a few weeks or a month, and usually see very little results. Some see great results at first, only for this progress to slow down or worse start to get sore knees, hips, or some other injury. If this is you or has been you in the past, don’t feel bad because you are not alone. It has been preached for years that cardio training or aerobics is the way to go to lose weight. I have a different approach that has worked great for me and for anyone else that has tried it. Resistance training is more effective to lose fat than cardio if you do it correctly. If you do both for only around an hour a day for three days a week, you will burn way more fat then just cardio alone.
Enter Resistance Training.
Resistance training can be anything from doing body weight exercises, resistance bands, suspension training, to even weights at home in your basement. Of course you can do resistance training at a gym, which is what most people think of when they hear about a fitness exercise program that consists of resistance training. There are many people that do not want to go to a gym or are afraid of getting too big or bulky. I can assure you that you can get an incredible workout at home with very little equipment and you are not going to get too big. It takes an incredible amount of time and effort to gain a lot of muscle and believe me, you are not going to just balloon up with muscle from the workouts that I suggest.
Resistance training will allow you to gain some muscle though, which is going to make your body burn more fat then it did without the muscle. The more lean mass that you have, the more calories you will burn in a day, just to maintain your body weight. Gaining muscle is going to make you much more efficient at burning fat as well as make your body more attractive once you lose the fat. You can design a fitness exercise program that consists of around 40 minutes of resistance training and 20 minutes of cardio training doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) on a treadmill or running outside. This is a very effective way to train which will cause your body to lose fat, gain muscle, as well as get stronger and more athletic looking.
There is no 100% right way to train or one way that will work for you forever with no changes. You should always mix things up and keep your workouts fresh and challenging. If you are doing a fitness exercise program that only consists or cardio, I urge you to give resistance training a try. If you are unsure about how to go about it or needs some ideas about what to do, check out my blog Fitness Overhaul. I can help you with any questions that you have and get you on a fitness exercise program that will have you seeing great results!