Today's Tuesday Tidbit is brought to you by the word...MUSCLE.
A client posted this picture in our challenge the other day and it has stuck with me every second since.
I have been talking to my friends, coworkers, clients, and what seems like everyone about this picture since I first laid eyes on it. It is so genius.
Why are people so CARDIO-obsessed?
I think back to when I was in the best shape of my life...I was playing softball in college. I was toned, strong, powerful AND thinner.
I NEVER DID "STRAIGHT" CARDIO.
I did not get on a treadmill or bike. I did not go out for a lot of runs. I never ran any marathons.
What I did was lift and move my body weight on the softball field, and lifted weights. A lot. Almost to the point that I was afraid I would be "manly" or "too big."
I would love to be "that big" again.
What I want you to realize is that CARDIO alone is NOT the answer.
This is especially true the older you get. Do you know why this is? As you age your body actually LOSES muscle. You have to work so much harder to keep it and to put it on. We all know that muscles weighs more than fat. But, did you know that muscle also BURNS fat when you are just sitting around??
It is the absolute truth. If you are able to add muscle to your body, you will burn more calories doing absolutely nothing.
So...this is simple. The more muscle you have the easier it is to lose weight.
This means you MUST lift weights, or do some sort of resistance training to maximize your results. Cardio is NEVER going to work fast enough if you have a lot to lose. If your goal is to maintain you may be alright.
Maximum results = Weight training WITH a good diet.
Have you heard the phrase, "abs are made in the kitchen"??? This is most definitely a perfect statement. You can not out-exercise a bad diet. If you are running 10 miles a day it can easily be erased by a 2 minute stop in the McDonald's drive thru. Literally...two minutes. Miserable.
Eat Clean...Train Mean...Get Lean
Don't be afraid to lift weights.
The pictures below are ALL Olympians from a recent Nike campaign...
Do you think that they have the athletic bodies they have without lifting weights???
Do their bodies look gross or manly? To me...not at all. Maybe your preferences are different.
I look at the pins that float around Pinterest. I see what kinds of goals that people have. I am not here to tell you that you can never reach them. But, I am telling you your approach has been all wrong :)
These women are athletes. And athletes do ATHLETIC workouts...and that includes weight and resistance training.
Let's break the mold together. Workout to be strong. The results will amaze you!!