Why do one or the other?Most women who stick to cardio are afraid of getting too bulky, are afraid of looking dumb (not knowing how to lift weights), or just want to burn calories. Weightlifters veer from cardio because they don’t want to lose their gains (size), don’t want to lose their strength, or find it boring. So what’s the best route to take?
In my opinion, you don’t have to choose between one and the other. You WILL burn more calories during a 45 minute cardio session than you will a 45 minute weight lifting session. But THIS is where most women get confused… they think if they burn more calories during that time then they should focus all their energy on cardio. HOWEVER they are only burning more calories in short term. If you want to burn more calories in the long term then you need to lift weights. You’ll build more lean muscle, and because muscle burns more calories than fat, you’ll burn more calories in a 24 hour period. Plus, you’ll be able to eat more food and who doesn’t want that?
Now, cardio isn’t the worst… you’ll be able to build up your aerobic capacity and recover better (which will help you improve your strength, muscle mass, and overall performance).
There is a place for cardio AND weightlifting. They are both beneficial to each other and you should use both in your workouts to help you reach your heath and fitness goals!