At 5:00 AM this morning I had a panic email from a previous client. She is spending a few weeks at the beach. Her goal was to tend to fitness and drop a few pounds while getting a little R & R. She is biking 20 miles every day and walking too. Eating lean protein and salads. It's been 3 weeks and she has lost 1lb. Needless to say she is very disheartened.
Do you see the error in her programming? Cycling and walking are for the biggest percentage cardio. It's great fun and good cardio but less helpful in building muscle. Because of the pounding walking will address increasing bone mass.
Considering 'Jill' is on vacation and doesn't want to spend time in a gym I suggested she do body weight exercises too. Pushups, squats, lunges, tricep dips and the like.Why? While cardio is generally associated more with burning fat than resistance training is, weight training plays a huge role in fat burning, as well as helping to increase muscle mass. The more muscle mass we have the higher our burn rate (aka increased metabolism).
So there you have it. The bottom line is we need to go the full monty in regards to our workouts. A good combo of cardio, strength training, stretching and good nutrition will help you reach your goals!
Have a great day!
ps...remember some salads can look healthy and be deadly!!!