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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:10

What's your Exercise IQ?

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So you want to burn those calories and lose weight right? So here's a question to test your exercise IQ. Which exercise burns more calories, cardio or weight lifting?

Answer: Actually BOTH types of exercise can actually burn a fair amount of calories. According to exercise physiologist Irv Rubenstein, actually lifting weights can boost your metabolism for up to 24 hours after you finish exercising. Remember though, this also depends on how hard you are lifting and your personal level of fitness. What happens is that your body continues to use more oxygen and this burns more calories as it slowly returns to its normal pre-exercise state. (You can also check your patient handbook to check out how many calories various exercises burn.) And as a nice bonus weight lifting also looks good on you. Muscles look a whole lot better when they are toned rather than saggy, regardless of your age. Losing a lot of weight can simply leave you with floppy excess skin if you aren't toning up in the process of losing weight.

My own personal suggestion here too is to do the activity you will continue to do regularly! - Preferably something you actually enjoy doing, not something you dread. You simply will not consistently keep it up unless you enjoy what you are doing. After all exercise is a prescription for overall good health regardless if you want to lose weight or not. It's just plain good for you!

But I also have to agree with Rubenstein and other numerous trainers and exercise authorities suggest, for a better weight loss and just plain overall fitness, don't forget there are other important aspects to overall fitness levels: flexibility, core strength, and muscular strength. They are all crucial to a well rounded exercise program.

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