I'm a 23 year old female and I've been running 3 miles approximately 5 days/week, for about two weeks now. The first couple of days I had to stop about three times, but now I can run only stopping once, and sometimes non-stop. I feel great after running and I eat a lot healthier now cos I don't want the work out to go to waste..
But the more I read different threads on this board, the more I learned that I need to do resistance exercises, like lifting weights. The thing is I don't like to goto the gym all that much. I much prefer running outside! so I was wondering, what is so wrong with doing only cardio? Doesn't it still work out the muscles and help you get lean muscles? I know that lifting weights will give you more muscles, which will burn calories faster even at rest state, but I don't really care about that.. I really enjoy just running. Any words of wisdom on why resistance work out is essential?
Depends on your goals. You also don't have to join a gym or spend a lot of money to get the equipment to tone. Push-ups and weight-less squats are a good place to start. There are lots of alternatives. Having a balanced body is always a good thing. Do you work on your core? Sit-ups? If you are running your legs are pretty much covered. Unless you want to gain some more power in your legs.
First and foremost you are on the right track and doing the right things. The idea is if you get bored with running change it up and keep it interesting. Cross-training on your cardio is also a good way to go. Add in biking and swimming when it gets warmer.
In general, too, muscle is metabolically expensive (takes more energy for your body to keep it around than, say, fat) so if your body doesn't need a muscle, it will eventually get rid of it.
Running is a load-bearing form of exercise (that is, you're carrying yourself) so that'll help -- muscles in your legs will be needed, as well as your core. This is if you're eating enough calories for the muscle to stick around. If you're in a caloric deficit, even those muscles that are needed could be broken down for energy.
Your upper body probably won't see much benefit from running, at least in the form of muscle size/strength. Fat loss is not area-specific so you may well lose fat from your upper body -- but you probably won't gain significant muscle there.
At least, that's my understanding of the situation...
Now, my sister increased her distance to nearly a half marathon and THEN started weight training.....I just felt like I wanted to make my bones and muscles stronger before I attempted longer distances and avoid injury.
I'm like you: I mostly only do cardio, and most of that is running. I know I should do weights and stregth training, but the only kind I can stand is yoga. And I'm spotty at best at getting up in time to go to the classes. I'll do situps when I think about it and I like to think that the rowing machine is *like* stregth training, but aside from that, I'm not very consistent about non-cardio stuff.
Meh. I feel pretty dang healthy and in shape. And my doc says I'm in fine health. Besides, doing only cardio is better than never getting your duff off of the couch in the first place.
"The Skeletal System serves many important functions; it provides the shape and form for our bodies in addition to supporting, protecting, allowing bodily movement, producing blood for the body, and storing minerals." A quote from one of the very informative pages of stumptuous.com, "In fact, bone is a responsive tissue that reacts constantly to the demands imposed on it. It is always breaking down and remodelling itself." Pardon the latter digression, but you are doing very well for yourself in more ways than one by "just running."
Original Post by daisyduck84:
Thank you for your replies, everyone! I'm glad to know that muscle training can come later. I think I'll go and research some exciting types of resistance training... fitness gyms are too intimidating lol
I'm not one for gyms either, but I signed up for weight lifting class at my local community college and loved it. Most of the people in the class are older like me or beginners and people looking for health benefits not to show off or pick up people. I highly recommend looking into something like that when you get ready to start. I enjoyed the weights so much I do them each semester now and also have added a cardio class. Besides being fun they are also alot cheaper than joining a gym
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