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  • workOne of my guy fans recently sent this to me:

    Dear Laura,

    I will be sure to do my cardio today. Thanks for the reminder.

    I think my schedule will normally be to do my daily walking in the neighborhood, or on my lunch hour while at work, along with some strength and flexibility exercises at home each day, then hit the gym on weekends for the weights.

    I’m sure you know that you burn, in the long run, more calories from weights than cardio because when you exercise your muscles through weight training, the muscles continue to burn calories for up to 16 hours after you’re finished.

    To get the most out of exercise, I think it’s good to do both cardio and weight training. Plus, for us guys, getting strong is good and helps with the definition of our muscles. All guys want big guns (arms) and 6-pack abs.

    I agree with you and think one needs cardio, the right diet and weights to accomplish all of it.

    Your motivational advice is terrific – keep it coming!
    Best,
    Tony

    Dear Tony:
    Couple things: Congrats on formulating your daily cardio and fitness plan. That in it self takes a big commitment and I can see you’re well on your way to successful weight loss.

    And what you say about muscles burning calories for up to 16 hours after you’ve finished lifting is supposedly true, however, lifting weights and weight training of any sort are not really cardio – in my book. Especially not when you’re chronically obese, when you struggle to lose weight. What you really need to do is get your ass up off the sofa and start walking daily. Just sayin’.

    Cardio and weight lifting are different animals, altogether, yet they both benefit you in their own unique way.

    I dislike it when people use the “weight training” thing to dodge daily cardio. It is nowhere near the same thing to those who are obese. It’s an excuse.

    I feel the calories you burn from weight training are a bonus burn along with doing daily cardio – and I say this from my personal experience – from struggling with my own weight, living a lifetime in chronic obesity’s shoes.

    Nothing, nothing, nothing helped me boil that fat from my frame like daily walking. And the more I walked, the healthier and thinner I became, and my appetite decreased, as well.

    One of my marathon-running, personal trainer friends told me that walking, like running, blasts all that visceral fat from our innards like nothing else – and MAN, was she ever right. BTW, the gal’s also a Chiropractor.

    Saving all your weight training for the weekends might harm you more in the long run than you even realize. You really should be doing strength training spread out at least 3 times a week. Combined with DAILY cardio!

    Better yet, all my personal trainer friends recommend you weight train your lower body three days a week and your upper half the other three days a week – leaving one day off from weight training for good measure.

    To lose weight and keep it off, real cardio needs to be done every single day. Period. And weights are not cardio . . . for you, for me, for anyone struggling with their weight.

    I’m just sayin’.

    You KNOW I work on my cardio practice daily. That’s one reason why all my doctors and followers love me – cos I try to set a good example and more than walk the walk and walk the talk.

    And in one of my recent Commit To Get Fit seminars, a Southern Belle asked, “Why, Miss Laura, do I even have to cardio walk on Sundays – cos Sunday’s the Lord’s Day!”

    My response: “Why, yes, Miss Suzanne, cos you eat on Sundays, don’t you?”

    ‘Nough said . . .

    Make sure you get your daily walk in no matter what.

    Do an hour of cardio today – for the health of it!

    And: There are no excuses for being overweight – for anyone.

    When you work your ass off, and Commit To Get Fit With me, good things will happen with your weight loss, health and fitness!

    But you gotta do your daily hour’s cardio combined with a good, healthy, low-carb diet – cos it’s the carbs that are killing you – along with lack of movement. Ask a good endocrinologist/internist. You do have one, don’t you?