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Skinny or Toned? The difference between dieting and cardio and WEIGHTLIFTING, dieting, and cardio is the difference between skinny mush and a lean, toned body. Weightlifting with a certain intensity will add definition to your body and increase your metabolism. To simply lose weight, one must eat less and move more. So, after you've plateaued, do you move even more OR eat even less? There's only so much time in your day and only so little you can eat. That's a tough decision. What if you could eat MORE, do MORE, and look BETTER? Here's where weightlifting comes in...

There is no doubt aerobic exercise is important for overall health. We don't want to diminish its significance. However, if you want to get into the best shape of your life, weightlifting is more important than cardio. As we age, it is often not our aerobic health that causes us to become debilitated. It is the loss of muscle mass and bone density that causes issues as we get older. Only weightlifting will build muscle and increase bone density.

With fitness and health awareness on the rise, exercise is becoming more important to many average Americans. Weightlifting and cardio are still considered two essential parts of exercise that each boast numerous health benefits. Getting a good workout in can be hard, especially since most people are swamped throughout the entire day. However, combining cardio and weightlifting into one workout session can not only save you time and money, but will totally transform your body! Kettlebell workouts do just that, and here's why.

There are a thousand different meal plans, diet programs, weight loss secrets, and every other gimmick under the sun for getting into great shape! To be honest, the simplest part of the three-fold equation of weights, cardio, and nutrition is actually the weight training aspect. In its most basic form, the body only needs an overwhelming outside stimulus in order to elicit a muscle-building, calorie-burning response. So, doing 1 set of heavy (to you) alternating dumbbell curls is, in theory, enough to cause a change. The more overwhelming and intense the set is, the more extreme the stimulus elicited. More stress equates to more adaptation.

“I can’t eat that. I’m on a diet!” “It’s your BIRTHDAY! I’m sure you can have a slice of cake as a reward for all your hard work!” “That’s EXACTLY why I CAN’T have that slice of cake!” “Suit yourself… but you have been losing weight for five years, straight. You look better and better with each passing month!” “Thank you, but I need to lose more! I need to…” Do you have friends, family members, or co-workers with “motivation” that seems to limit their enjoyment of social activities and daily life?

As far as health and fitness goes, I am definitely older and wiser. As far as health and fitness goes, I have come a long way. The question arises, though. Is it ever acceptable to dwell on the past? Yes, it most certainly is acceptable. We must look into our own past and remember the reason we decided to make a change. What caused you to stop and say to yourself, “I need to lose weight!” or “My arms would look better with 1 to 2 more inches of muscle on them!”?

“I WAS going to sleep in, but I decided to get a few minutes on the treadmill. I guess 15 minutes is better than nothing…” No, it’s not. Fifteen minutes is a waste of time, unless you have gone 120 years without any physical activity WHATSOEVER!

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