Just Started Working Out: Is Only Cardio Bad?

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    Jun 22, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
    Hey all,

    I just started working out (it's been about 2 weeks) and I LOVE doing cardio. I like to do my warm up exercises, go on the eliptical for about 15 minutes, and then run for about 30-40 minutes. Other than that, the only thing I do are some ab exercises (some sit ups and stuff like that.) I've been reading articles that talk about how cardio isn't all that good for you. My goal is simply to get in shape, shed some pounds (I'm already pretty skinny), and get my abs looking hot for my boy (oh yeah, and my ass too.) Any help / suggestions?

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    Jun 22, 2009 11:30 PM GMT
    I don´t see that you need to lose weight: you are about my height and 30 lb lighter and I´m on the thin side.

    Look it´s like this: if you do lots of cardio you will get better at cardio and end up with a runner´s body. If you want to sculpt you need to do resistance training. i used to be into cardio in a big way (like triathlon) but am now more addicted to lifting than I used to be to cycling and swimming.


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    Jun 23, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    There are different components or pillars of fitness. The President's Council on Physical Fitness uses the following 5 pillars. I do exercises for each pillar. Strength training is my favorite. Some experts add balance as a pillar. If you want better all around fitness, you need to do more than just cardio

    Cardiorespiratory Endurance - the ability to deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues, and to remove wastes, over sustained periods of time. Long runs and swims are among the methods employed in measuring this component.

    Muscular Strength - the ability of a muscle to exert force for a brief period of time. Upper-body strength, for example, can be measured by various weight-lifting exercises.

    Muscular Endurance - the ability of a muscle, or a group of muscles, to sustain repeated contractions or to continue applying force against a fixed object. Pushups are often used to test endurance of arm and shoulder muscles.

    Flexibility - the ability to move joints and use muscles through their full range of motion. The sit-and- reach test is a good measure of flexibility of the lower back and backs of the upper legs.

    Body Composition is often considered a component of fitness. It refers to the makeup of the body in terms of lean mass (muscle, bone, vital tissue and organs) and fat mass. An optimal ratio of fat to lean mass is an indication of fitness, and the right types of exercises will help you decrease body fat and increase or maintain muscle mass.