I'm often asked about what is more effective - weight training or cardio exercise. Well, the answer depends on your goals.
Most people who ask are simply trying to lose weight and gain a better sense of overall health. If that's the goal, then aerobic or cardiovascular exercise is the route to travel! Running, walking, elliptical or stairclimbing-type exercises will lead to better results for overall weight loss and greater healthy feeling.
While everyone is different, some people need to burn off 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound. If that's a worst-case scenario, then you need to for three to five days of cardio exercise per week.
Once you reach your desired weight levels, you can turn to weight training as a means toward "toning up" and improving upon your aerobic routine!