It’s time for another fitness post! This one is about the benefits of adding both cardio and carbs into both your workout regimen and diet.
I think a lot of people (mostly us women) believe we need to run as far away from carbs and do as much cardio as we can if we’re going to exercise. This more so depends on what “look” you’re going for. I myself use to think that I needed to do 80% cardio and 10% weights to get the body I wanted. When really it needed to be the other way around (for me). Since I’ve always been athletic and had more of an athletic body shape, I’m never going to look like a Victoria Secret model. Although #1 I’m about 10″ too short for that, and #2 luckily Justin prefers curves so I can cross that “goal” off my list.
So why do we still need cardio and carbs? First off, cardio is what’s going to ramp up your metabolism! Getting that heart rate up is helping your body flush so much quicker. Also, the first and most important reason for exercising to begin with is for health reasons. The heart is a muscle, so when you make it work harder, you’re also strengthening it. Cardio helps to lean out muscle and burn fat. If you’re going for the bulky look, you would definitely keep cardio to a minimum. But since the majority of who I feel like are reading this want a slim but “tone” body type, you’ll need both weights and cardio.
And the carbs? Well when you add cardio to your day, it only makes sense to add fuel to your body which is carbohydrates aka energy! The main form of energy when working out comes from the glycogen in carbs, so don’t leave them out. You will also prevent your body from turning to your hard earned muscles for stored food and energy. Try recipes like THIS one for a healthy carb dinner.
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