Cardio vs. weights. Which is better? While I’ve read endless posts from fitness gurus and specialists regarding the differences, benefits and drawbacks of both; I can speak from experience on my own fitness journey and results.
The best place to look for motivation is yourself. This past week I took the time to reflect and revisit old pictures of myself to see just how far I’ve come on my fitness journey. While there is no “right” or “wrong” way to be healthy (it certainly depends on your individual body and lifestyle), hopefully this post can give you an idea of some of the pros and cons for the cardio vs. weights debate.
I’ve always been skinny. I used to strongly dislike my body thinking I was tall and lanky (I’m 5′ 7″). These prom pictures give good insight on the fact that not only did I have no muscle, but I was not healthy.
Of course, bikini pictures always get down to the nitty-gritty. While I may have been skinny, I was underweight and unhappy. There are a few things I would like to point out with these pictures:
- I was NOT eating healthy (you can read about my diet history in this blog post)
- The only exercise I was doing was cardio (walking, elliptical, etc.)
- I was underweight at under 110 pounds
- You can see my ribs
- My arms have zero definition as with the rest of my body
- I have absolutely no curves
Five years later, I’m obsessed with the gym and more happy with my body than ever. I also make sure to eat plenty of protein and (gasp) carbs for energy. I’m still working toward my fitness goals, but I’m pretty proud looking back on how far I’ve come! A few things I’d like to point out:
- I eat very healthy (with a few splurges here and there, of course. Check out my diet blog post if you want to read more about it)
- I focus on lifting and do only 10 minutes of cardio a day (if that)
- I weigh over 125 pounds 🙂
- No ribs visible; just muscle (you can read about getting abs from home here)
- My arms have definition (as well as my shoulders, back and other muscle groups)
- I do, indeed, have curves (hello glutes)
If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m team weights (no shame) but there is definitely room for cardio in my workout! While I don’t do it in excess, cardio is great if you’re looking to burn fat or in my case feel guilt-free about any splurges you may indulge in.
If you’d like a more broken-down article listing pros and cons with links to research, let me know! I love sharing my love for fitness.