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Do You Prefer Cardio, Stretching or Strength Training?

When it comes to working out most people stick to doing things they are good at doing. We tend to stick to the familiar because it feels good and it's satisfying. However, this means that many of us avoid exercises we need because the exercises (or stretches) we avoid are often the ones that we would benefit from the most.

So take this poll and pay attention to the answers you didn't choose. This may give you an idea of the exercises you're skipping, so next time you can try and incorporate that element into your workout.

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foxymardy foxymardy 7 years
Definitely cardio. I don't have a gym membership so lifting weights is hard to do at home because I need to buy them, and I don't want to. Because of this I practice Pilates and Bikram yoga without the heat and they've helped me get flat abs and thinner thighs respectively without much equipment. I like the idea of being long, lean and graceful so that's why I choose Pilates. Hatha yoga bores me at the moment, I do it on my off days (when I don't run and do Pilates). Cardio gives me the 'high' I need every week, and makes me feel strong.
hunnybunny hunnybunny 8 years
Cardio!! its not boring. and time goes by sooo quickly. personally i dont want to stop once i start cardio and thats y its my favorite.
rothchild rothchild 8 years
i despise cardio and love weights..when you weight train, you keep burning calories even after you've stopped because your body is trying hard to help your muscles recover. you can also work on cardio while strength training if you keep moving continuously from one machine to the next. and the best part is you burn more calories throughout the day when you build muscles
millarci millarci 8 years
All three are important (although I have a bad habit of not stretching). However as painful as cardio can be I always feel good after doing cardio.
moonlite moonlite 8 years
i love strength training more than anything because for me it's physical and mental. if i just go through the motions, i come out of my workout feeling like i've accomplished nothing. but if i take it slow, close my eyes, and focus my mind on the muscles i'm supposed to be working during each exercise, i can really feel a difference. i can practically feel the muscles breaking down and repairing to grow stronger. it borders on spiritual. it's the only time i feel truly in touch with my body.
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years
Stretching.
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years
Stretching.
potterlove potterlove 8 years
Most def cardio! Love all three, but cardio is my all time fave! ;)
Athena1 Athena1 8 years
This changes constantly. I run, practice yoga, and pilates. I do not life weights and dislike weight machines so pilates is mostly my strength training. I love all three too.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I love all three! My former personal trainer - who I adore! -would do strength training and then stretch me out afterwards. He would then keep me company (if he didn't have another client) while I did cardio. He helped me to really begin to enjoy exercising! I just wish that I could afford him again 'cause I miss our workouts!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I really just love lifting weights. But the way I do it, I don't take breaks, that way my heart beat stays pretty high. I will just do double sets...12 on my shoulders, 12 on my abs, drink some water, 12 on shoulders, 12 on abs...do that 4 times. Then 12 on legs, 12 on back, drink some water, and do that 4 times. It's amazing how quickly I can finish and still hurt the next day!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I really just love lifting weights. But the way I do it, I don't take breaks, that way my heart beat stays pretty high.I will just do double sets...12 on my shoulders, 12 on my abs, drink some water, 12 on shoulders, 12 on abs...do that 4 times. Then 12 on legs, 12 on back, drink some water, and do that 4 times.It's amazing how quickly I can finish and still hurt the next day!
AMP AMP 8 years
It may be the hardest for me to do, but I see the most results from cardio and therefore no matter what my workout agenda is for that day, it always has cardio.
-Lex- -Lex- 8 years
I love love love cardio - I can run forever. Weight training... now that's a different story. I always give up before I start!
splayer splayer 8 years
Make sure you stretch! You can seriously hurt yourself if you don't. Plus, it's such a good way to wind down after a tough workout.
caitinlv caitinlv 8 years
Strength trainign shows the fastest results for me, but I try to interval train so I get all of them in.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
My least favorite is weight training, it's so boring and annoying...and I don't want to get big, so I do light weights, and all the guys stare at me...annoying!!!!
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
For me, cardio is essential, sweating and feeling my heart pumping makes me feel great. However, I do incorporate all 3 into my workouts. Im working on my arms (which seem like a never-ending battle). And, I do yoga at nights when I need to relax and escape from stress, it really helps me around midweek.
krampalicious krampalicious 8 years
some really deep, intense vinyasa yoga is my all-time favorite workout. i feel like it really does all three if you get a good flow going, really reach into the poses, and feel the muscles that are getting worked. that said, i love a good aerobic dance workout, too.
krampalicious krampalicious 8 years
some really deep, intense vinyasa yoga is my all-time favorite workout. i feel like it really does all three if you get a good flow going, really reach into the poses, and feel the muscles that are getting worked.that said, i love a good aerobic dance workout, too.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 8 years
Strength training. I love the idea of being strong and toned. I loathe cardio. I know I shouldn't, and I know I don't do it nearly as often as I should, but I just hate it!
livetolove livetolove 8 years
I can't live without my cardio... running has become such a big part of my life now.
lvgrooves lvgrooves 8 years
i usually incorporate all 3 into my exercise routine but I change up the order daily. I feel like my body needs a little of everything to get the full body workout.
fashionhore fashionhore 8 years
I love to lift and stretch. I have great stretch routines from doing yoga/pilates. Cardio I will do, but that is the one thing I will put off forever even biking (my fav.)
Grace957 Grace957 8 years
I love strength training. I've always found cardio to be difficult and tiring and I think lifting weights just feels better to me!
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