In my previous article I addressed whether one should do cardio or lift weights in order to lose weight and keep it off. While I do recommend weight training with cardio throughout the workout (this helps keep the heart rate elevated and weights build lean muscle that burn more calories).
The ideal situation is to lift for 30 minutes to 45 minutes and then do 30 minutes to 45 minutes of cardio along with a sound nutrition plan. Even better would be to do cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach then lift later in the day. The most important thing one can do is, something! At least move and be active. Watch what you eat and find something you enjoy doing. If you don’t enjoy it, you will not stick to it.
I do recommend you consult with your physician before starting any type of exercise program. If you are new to exercise we suggest you invest in a certified personal trainer for at least a couple sessions to assure you are on the right program for your goals and you are familiar with the movements you will need to perform.
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