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Real Life Nutrition Questions Answered

Real Life Fitness Questions Answered

Emma Brown
Nutritionist

Janet Aylott
Nutritionist

Kelly Marshall
Fitness Consultant

Q.

I currently only do cardio work in the gym - is that okay?

Hi,

I go to the gym at least 3 times a week and I mostly use the treadmill, cross trainer and bike. I find weight machines/repetition exercises really boring. Is it ok to stick to cardio machines only?

Thanks in advance.

A.

Our expert says...

Hi,

Essentially, in terms of achieving the burning of calories, your current cardiovascular-focused plan will achieve this. However, it is worth noting that long-term, strength training promotes lean muscle tissue development, (which cardio does not do) and this maintains a higher metabolic rate with age, meaning easier weight management. Also, the repetitive nature of cardiovascular exercise, (even with the use of different machines) can encourage muscle imbalances and subsequent wear and tear joint problems. Strength and stabilisation training, (which includes core training), is the solution to preventing such problems and provides variety within your training.

Often exercisers can find resistance exercise boring but this usually relates to their training style being in a rut with the same type of training, i.e. same machines, routines and same intensities. I would strongly suggest you take advantage of being a member of a gym and speak to a fitness professional to get some new ideas/direction to make your resistance workout more interesting.

If you were someone who was completely adverse to any kind of strength training then I possibly wouldn't provide this answer, but because you are familiar with some degree of strength training and the only obstacle to it is the current boredom factor, I think the best thing you can do is target the boredom issue by getting some support and incorporate strength training as part of your exercise plan. The benefits to adding this to your training is substantial and will make the weight loss process much easier in the short and long term.

Hope this helps

Kelly

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