Millions of people around the world insist on jogging. I hate jogging; it’s bad for your joints (especially if you’re overweight), and if you have any muscular imbalances or injuries it will exacerbate the problem.
So if you can’t run, how else will you do your cardio?
Cycling? Rowing? Cross-Training? Swimming?
Contrary to popular belief, these aren’t the only ways you can “do cardio”; lifting weights is cardio!
Cardiovascular/Cardio/CV training is anything that raises your heart rate.
So… if you load up a barbell with your bodyweight, sit it on your back and start squatting, will your heart rate increase? You bet it will! Pump out a dozen reps and you’ll be out of breath too. THAT IS cardio.
Jump up and hang off a bar, and knock out 15 pull-ups – also cardio.
Basically, lifting weights with any sort of intensity is cardio, especially the larger, full-body movements like squats, deadlifts, chin-ups, crawling, tyre flips etc. The more muscles you’re working, the more muscles are crying out for more oxygen.
Basically what I’m saying is you don’t have to do long, boring “cardio” sessions, that will hinder any attempt to build muscle, and is less efficient for fat loss than weight training, and can damage your joints beyond repair. If you lift weights with intensity, you’ll get all of the benefits of CV training,
with the added, and very important benefit of working and strengthening your muscles.
Want to burn more energy (i.e. calories)? Work your fuel-burners (your muscles) harder.
Yes, there are many ways to train with weights, but for the most part they’ll all work your cardiovascular system and get your heart pumping blood around your body faster and harder, and the benefits far outweigh the traditional and boring methods.
If you’re training for a run/swim/ride etc., then by all means train for that (but remember weight training will also help); but if you’re training for fat loss/fitness, lift weights.
You may not be able to lift weights for as long as you run without stopping, but people have come to realize that interval training is more beneficial for fat loss than steady state (i.e. long and boring)
cardio anyway. So think of weights as an interval session, but working your muscles too. Win, win!
If you enjoy running, go for a run - just don't over-do it. If you don't enjoy it, then there's really no reason why you need to be doing it.
So the bottom line is this: Lift weights! Regardless of your goals.