If your idea of a solid workout is sweating it out on the elliptical for an hour each time—and nothing else—you’re definitely plateauing, and not challenging yourself. While cardiovascular training is great for building strong hearts and lungs, it doesn’t provide the stimulus your body needs to build bigger, stronger muscles and bones. If you want to get stronger and lose fat, turn to weight lifting, strength training, and proper nutrition.
Weight training will enable you to build up a larger degree of lean muscle mass, which then basically serves as your calorie burning powerhouse in the body. High intensity interval training is a proven way to blast fat and build muscle and strength faster than traditional steady-state cardio.
Studies have demonstrated that after a weight training workout, the metabolism can be boosted for up to 36 hours post-workout, meaning rather than burning say 60 calories an hour while sitting and watching TV, you’re burning 70.
While you may think, ‘Big deal – 10 extra calories’, when you multiply this by 36 hours, you can see what a huge difference that makes in your daily calorie expenditure over that day and a half.
While it’s great to be burning more calories for 36 hours after the workout, that’s not going to help you two weeks from now unless you are consistent with your workout program, therefore consistency is the key.