What do you think when someone tells you to run? Yeah, not very pleasant words, right? Running is so not my thing. Anything dealing with cardio wasn’t my thing. It felt like anything I did involving cardio contradicted what I wanted to do for my body. So, I had this lingering question in my mind….should skinny people do cardio?
My ultimate goal was to gain weight. In my mind, I needed to gain weight because that’s what society felt and said to me on a daily basis. “Go eat a burger! Drink a shake before bed! Just eat anything you want cause you’re too skinny and need some meat on your bones.” Let me briefly address the whole, eat anything you want statement. No! Just no! Skinny folks need to watch our diet too. All things in moderation for all body types.
During my younger years, I was very active. Was a cheerleader, played basketball, ran on the cross country team (I know, I know. I HATE running) and was just active as a child in general. That meant I was always moving, doing some sort of cardio. Hmmm…..well, maybe all that cardio activity was hindering weight gain? Hmmmmm….. yeah, that was it! Cause you know, people do cardio workouts when they want to lose weight.
My Mindset Started To Shift About Skinny and Cardio Mixing
We ran so much the first day I joined an exercise group. We ran a lot with and without weighted balls. We ran to get to the next station. We ran to get water. We ran just to be running. What’s wrong with these people? Yes, I wanted to throat punch the lady who invited me. Her butt wasn’t even there that day! Why did I even stop and talk to this stranger? Stranger Danger, Stranger Danger. Stay tuned for a follow-up article coming soon. Actually, just follow me on FACEBOOK or sign up for my Bi-Monthly Newsletter to be notified of new articles and other greatness. Trust me; I’m going to share more about this new found friend of mine and our exercise adventure.
Back to the topic to answer the question, “should skinny people do cardio?” You know I’m random.
As I progressed in my workout activity things started to change. My legs were stronger, my arms looked nice, my back was beautiful, and I just felt great. Running and other cardio activities between lifting weights paid off. The benefits of cardio exercises paid off tremendously for this skinny lady! Oh YEAH! Naw, I still hated cardio.
Rowing was probably the best for my body. It gave a cardio, upper and lower body workout all in one. Not only did I notice a change with my physique, but a few of the things listed below also improved. The kids noticed a big difference with my stress level. They told me I didn’t fuss as much. Yeah, I still fussed. lol
- Heart Health
- Reduces the risk of high cholesterol
- Reduces the risk of high blood pressure
- Reduces stress
- Increases lung capacity
- Cardio Improves sex life
Being skinny and not trying to lose weight is a poor excuse for avoiding cardio exercises (yes, I still complain myself, but we need a bit of cardio in our life). Running along with weight training helped me maintain my body weight and get toned. No, there was not a major difference on the scale, but I was able to maintain my weight (which was a struggle). And with the muscle tone, I looked healthier. Well, looked better for me.
Cardio is a MUST for all body types. If you’re still saying you don’t need cardio, go back and read the brief lists of benefits I shared. Those alone are the most important to me. A few simple cardio exercises you can do at home if running is not in your future:
- Jump Rope
- Dance – yes, turn Alexa on and get your jam on
It really doesn’t matter what you do. Just get up and move! Should skinny people do cardio? YES! Cardio is beneficial for everyone.