Being serious about losing weight can put you into a quandary. What is better cardio or weight lifting? The answer is both are valuable and work different parts of your body. You need to consider the way your exercise, the system you prefer and your lifestyle. Cardio versus weightlifting comes from the popular belief that cardio means going to an aerobics class and weight lifting means spending hours in the weight room and getting awesome abs.
Personal trainers and exercise specialists have found that workout programs need to incorporate both and often during the same workout. Cardio work has an element of resistant training and weight lifting uses cardio elements. The commonly held myths: weight training bulks you up while cardio does build muscles is definitely an urban myth.
Diets help you lose weight and resistance training changes your body composition. Cardio does help with calorie loss but it breaks down your existing tissues leaving you soft and skinny fat. You need to lift heavy weights to get that toned look. Doing repetitions with dumbbells is a form of cardio, but it is not going to change your body shape.
Lifting weights builds lean muscle tissue. Weight training burns more calories than cardio. That’s a fact. When you run on a treadmill or use an elliptical machine you are definitely burning cal