At Spunk Fitness, we are cardio experts. As your favorite local gym, we can help you develop a cardio routine that works for you. However, first you need to understand certain common myths about cardio before you hit the treadmill.

MYTH: Focus on cardio over strength training to lose weight.

Actually, strength training builds your muscle mass, which in turn increases metabolism and burns fat. The more muscle you have, the more calories you are burning daily. Therefore, it is important to implement both cardio and strength training into your routine.

MYTH: Start with cardio and then do strength training.

Actually, if you do start with cardio, you are burning through your energy before you get to strength training. It is better to give each their own separate days so you can fully focus your energy on each.

MYTH: Burn more fat by doing cardio without eating.

Your body’s muscles rely on the carbohydrates and fats from what you eat for energy. If you are working out on an empty stomach, your body isn’t able to work as well. Instead, make sure you get some fuel about 90 minutes before your workout.

MYTH: Cardio enables you to eat whatever you want.

As great as it would be, it is not true that we can eat whatever we want after a cardio workout and still lose weight. In fact, people usually overestimate how many calories they burned, and end up significantly overeating. Exercise is only one part of losing weight; diet plays a debatably even more important role in losing weight.

If you need to jumpstart your cardio routine, Spunk Fitness can help! Contact your local gym today to get started.