Here is a great article written by Matt O’Neill, Dietician and partner to Evolve Health:
I get asked this all the time… what’s the best exercise for weights loss? Here are my three answers:
1. The best exercise is the one you do regularly
If you just can’t come at pumping iron but you love a run, then aerobic exercise is the best exercise for you.
Every time you move, you are burning calories. As you build your fitness, cardiovascular exercise gets easier so you can move faster and burn even more calories.
2. If you’ve got time for only one exercise session a week, combine weights and cardio
If you manage to do an aerobic exercise session like running just once a week, you’ll get your heart fit and burn calories while you move. However, due to your limited activity routine you’ll miss out on opportunties to strengthen muscles and potentially grow them.
Add a few step-ups, squats, push-ups and lunges to the end of your cardio workout. These targeted exercises will help tone muscles and create a better shape.
3. If you exercise more than once a week, make one or more sessions a resistance training workout
I’ve saved my best answer until last. A combined weekly routine of cardio and weight training is the best for weight loss. The aerobic exercise chews through calories and the resistance workouts build metabolically active muscle.
When you’ve got more muscle you automatically burn more calories every minute of every day. You’ll achieve breakthrough results when you combine both kinds of exercise.
It’s weights and cardio! If you still find it a challenge to start a resistance training routine, engage a Personal Trainer to show you how to do exercises safely and get the most out of the effort you put in.
Thanks Matt, great article. I second everything you have outlined.