Build muscle and lose body fat by combining your exercise routine with both cardio and weight/strength training.
Whilst cardio (treadmill,swimming, cycling) will get your heart rate up and burn calories, weight/strength training will increase your muscle mass , meaning your metabolism will have increased. Adding a few pounds of muscle will help you to burn more calories a day.
How weight/strength training works:
If you perform light exercise, like cardio, your metabolism may be elevated for just a few minutes after exercise, but for more intense training like weight/strength training, your metabolism may be elevated for up to 36 hours after your workout. When you perform intense weight/strength training exercises you are burning additional calories for a much longer period of time, more calories than you would by doing cardio exercises.
"Muscles are like "fat burning furnaces" they burn calories.
Build Muscle and Lose Body Fat:
If you focus only on cardio and skip weight/strength training it could actually become harder for you to lose weight and body fat, you may even gain weight, especially if your cardio exercise is longer than 45 minutes. If you do cardio for too long, your body consumes muscle for energy. Excess cardio could decrease your metabolism and could result in weight gain.
An hour at the gym should be split into: 25 minutes cardio, 30 minutes weight/strength training and 5 minutes before and after workout stretching. Depending on how much time you have a week, you could split the exercises into one day cardio, then the next day weight/strength training. Also make sure you are eating a healthy nutritious diet, plenty of water, or Herbalife 24 Hydrate and a couple of days rest a week.
By building a combination of both cardio and weight/strength training into your exercise routine, will enable you to gain muscle whilst losing weight and body fat.
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