I'll probably get flamed for this but... LOL.
I just hate the term "cardio bunny" ...on the one hand I know what ya'll mean by that. It's the skinny-fat chick on the elliptical for 40 min every day who eats snackwells cookies since they are "diet" and wonders why she can't "get a flat tummy but not an ugly six-pack like a man or something *ew*"
OK. "bunny" it is.
But not everyone who is doing a whole lot of cardio is a bunny. Maybe I'm just defensive since spending an hour on a treadmill sounds like a great way to warm up to me... or becuase when someone said to spend "more time on weights than cardio" I laughed since I'd be lifting for 3-4 hours a day if I did that... but seriously. Cardio workouts can be hard and they can build muscle and they are not just for flaky people.
I think the difference is if you're trying to improve your performance at the cardio or not. If you get on the mill and jog at the same speed every day you're wasting your time. But if you constantly increase the speed and the distance you will get stronger and faster and continue to see results. Imagine if I always lifted the same weight at every session. I would see no change from that-- change comes from doing more and the same is true with cardio.
I will agree that the elliptical is pointless except for burning calories-- there is no way to get past a certain, very low level of intensity on that thing.
But, with running I been hitting it hard for 6 months and I'm only just scratching the surface of what my body can do! And running has improved my leg press. Yes. My leg press. It's not just about bouncing along burning calories and trying to get "toned" whatever that means.
I just had to get that off of my chest.
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