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Weightlifting or cardio?

Right now I'm using an elliptical machine for 40mins a day, and nothing else. I'm not very toned, but I was hoping that the elliptical machine (has arms too) would take care of everything. Something doesn't sound quite right about that plan, though.

Could someone tell me what else I should be doing?

I also heard (someone had written it) that lifting weights has quicker visible results and is a better way to burn fat and replace it with muscle. Is this true? How do you actually compare cardio and weights?

Thanks to anyone who can offer up some advice/knowledge on this one.

Thu. May 11, 9:37pm

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Combine both!

Here is a great article with an overview of cardio training and weight training.

Personally, I see the most visible results from weight trianing, while cardio (running, biking) helps keep me slim and burns the major calories during a workout. I used both to lose weight, and keep doing both to maintain a great body.

And yes, muscles burns more calories just being in your body that fat. For every extra pound of muscle you put on, your body uses around 35-50 extra calories a day.


Friday, May 12, 2006, 11:03 AM

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thanks for posting that article. very helpful!

Friday, May 12, 2006, 3:40 PM

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I say combine both too!

10 years ago, when I was young and not fat, I would do 10-15 min of cardio to warm up before weights. I would do weights every day but at the point I'm at now I'll probably do weights every other day and a 30-40 min cardio in the between days.

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 8:23 AM

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Saturday, May 19, 2007, 1:52 PM

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Another vote for BOTH. And add some stretching too.

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 2:54 PM

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