Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Exercise - Reminder - WEIGHTS over Cardio

It is the holiday season and we all are likely to eat too much…    During this time of year, you are going to hear people saying that they are “hitting the treadmill hard tomorrow” in response to their gluttony.    I have always stressed and I want to remind you again - “cardio” is not the best answer.
Over-indulgent meals increase cortisol and insulin.  Aerobic training (in other words,  “cardio”) provides the least benefits to balancing insulin and cortisol.  Cardio is shown in study after study to increase cortisol production.  Cardio has its place in our fitness plans but should NOT be the answer when our bodies are already high in cortisol and insulin from our “holiday feedings."    Weight training is the best way to improve insulin sensitivity.   Lifting heavy weights in compound exercises like squats, deadlift, bench press, dips, and chin-ups are much more effective to get your body (and fitness plan) back on track. 

Stay tuned………….

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