I used to be that person hittin’ the cardio hard at the gym by getting on the treadmill or elliptical for 45 minutes to an hour, I would stretch for 5-10 minutes, hit the weights for another 20-30 minutes, and then wrap up the workout by stretching again for another 5-10 minutes and be out. Other times, I would take a high impact cardio class like kick-boxing.
I would do this routine 3-5 days a week and saw very little results. I truly thought there was something wrong with me. But the fact of the matter is that there are a lot of people doing the same thing and experiencing little to no results!
It’s because getting fit starts in the kitchen. If you want to get fit, you must start with your diet.
Have you heard the saying, “You can’t out exercise a bad diet”? Well, it’s true! Research shows that the most effective way to reach a healthy weight is through your nutrition. If you think that you’re going to get there by getting on the elliptical or treadmill for an hour, then you’re going to want to know more about the “Great Cardio Myth” and read Craig Ballentyne’s book where he explains why cardio exercise won’t get you slim, strong, or healthy.
Ballentyne shares a few interesting factors in his book. First of all, we don’t burn as many calories as we think we do when we’re on a machine. Secondly, those machines are lying to us. Thirdly, and worst of all, cardio makes people hungry!!
In a research study from British Journal of Sports Medicine, they found that people who did high cardio workouts often times ended up eating an additional 300 calories per day. And, at the end of the 12 -week program, they gained weight. This is known as ‘compensation’ by sports scientists: a person who exercises cancels out the calories they have burned by eating more, generally as a form of self-reward.
What!!! Not you, right?
Also, we’re not burning as many calories as those machines tell us that we’re burning either. The elliptical machine is the worst offender with a 42% over estimation in the number of calories you burn. So if you use an elliptical machine, and it tells you that you just burned 400 calories, then you probably only burned about 275 or 300 calories.
The truth of the matter is that cardio isn’t an effective tool for getting fit. Don’t get me wrong, if you want to run because you love it and want to blow off some steam, then more power to ya! But, if you’re doing it to get fit, lose weight, or get in shape… then cardio just isn’t going to get the job done, besides there are way more effective tools.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have tons of extra time on my hands and like to use my time wisely and effectively.
The University of Kansas published a study that was done in 2007 where they had men and women do an hour of cardio six days a week for an entire year, and they lost an average of five pounds. So that’s fifty hours of cardio in order to lose a pound of weight. That is crazy! I don’t know anyone that wants to work fifty hours to lose one pound.
There is a better way!
Get your nutrition right and eat a healthy balanced diet. It’s far more effective than exercise for fat loss.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t move our bodies or exercise… we absolutely should!! There is also that other saying, “Move it or Lose it!” I’m also a firm believer of that saying as well.
But, when it comes to exercise, bodyweight exercises like: push-ups, burpees, planks, mountain climbers, squats are far more effective. Another great thing about bodyweight exercises is that you don’t need a gym or equipment to do any of these exercises!!
Check out this video!
If you’re looking for someone who can help tailor a routine for you, And some accountability check out Adrien Jordan @ http://www.jordanphysique.com/
He’s personally helped our family with providing a routine tailored to meet our specific goals. In addition, we’ll be participating in his upcoming PrayFit class on Saturday mornings, starting June 24th. Adrien’s PrayFit class focuses on both your physical and spiritual health. Come out and join us.
Here’s to Living Healthy and Thriving!
Peace & Love,