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HIIT, SIT and LISS: Why should I care about cardio?

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Cardio is awkward. It's energy sapping, it's sweaty, it eats into valuable weight training time and it can make you feel completely awful, yet, it's essential to maintaining a healthy heart. So, is there any way to cut the amount of cardio you do without losing the benefits of longer sessions? According to some research, the answer is a resounding 'yes'.

Why should I lift weights?

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'Lifting weights makes you bulky'. 'I'll look masculine if I do too much resistance training', 'cardio is the best way to slim down'. You've probably heard these excuses before, or may even have uttered them yourself - I certainly used to. It's a fairly common belief, but in the majority of cases, simply isn't true. In fact, it is one of the most pervasive myths surrounding resistance training.

Counting calories: yes or no?

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There's no shortage of advice when it comes to diet and weight loss; in fact, it's an industry that was recently valued at £2 billion in the UK alone. From diets that claim to help you shift multiple pounds in one week, to the pills and potions that promise to get you the body you want, there seems to be a helping hand at every corner, waiting to take your money. So, what actually works?