If you’ve been logging extra hours at the gym, slaving away on cardio machines to lose weight, listen up!
Typically, we add cardio to our routine to burn calories. Most of us assume that working out longer means burning more calories, which helps us lose weight faster. Right? Well, not always.
According to a recent study done by Lifetime Fitness, intense exercise and burning more calories does not necessarily equal more/quicker weight loss. Why is this? For one, we’ve all heard burning too many calories too quickly results in your metabolism slowing down to compensate. And now we know of another reason:
During the study, the group that exercised at a moderate intensity (compared to the group that engaged in high intensity exercise) was far more active outside of the gym. Over-exercising left the high intensity group too tired for activity in everyday life, so they spent their free time more sedentary than the moderate exercise group, leading to less weight loss.
See? It’s not just what happens at the gym that results in a thinner, fitter you: Maintaining an all-around active lifestyle is imperative!
Read the full details of the study done by Lifetime Fitness here. There are over 80 Lifetime Fitness spa locations participating in Spa Week, too – find the one nearest you to split a day between the spa and the gym!