For the weekend warrior it may make sense to do higher intensity cardio as suggested above. Those with aspirations of competing would be best leaving the running to others.
This is not to say that you cannot go for a jog with your dog, take your bike for a spin, or roller blade through the park. It all comes down to your heart rate and what your body will utilize for energy at the given intensity level. We all know that keeping your heart rate in a mid-range will burn the most fat, and this is also going to be the least taxing on your CNS / joints when compared to higher intensity alternatives.
If you had a specific objective (for instance MMA, sports, etc.) then I would say that a balanced cardio / strength program is your best option. You can help to maintain muscle mass with proper nutrition such as engineer pre, post, and intra-workout drinks. Age and hormone levels will also be a factor. For someone who is 18 years old and 185 lbs they can probably do a fair amount of cardio with sacrificing muscle. For an athlete who is 35 years old and 240 lbs the cardio will be much more taxing on their body and recovery abilities are not that of the younger trainee.
Just a thought; if you feel sluggish though I would definitely add some kind of cardio since the reason why we train so hard is to feel / look good.[/quote]
yes thank you shakes for bringing that up.
i currently have no plans to enter a bodybuilding contest. nor am i near what i would consider ‘bodybuilder’ proportios.
so if u’re planning on competing OP, take what i say with a grain of salt