Cardio Vs Strength Training
What did you do to work out today? Did you run three miles? Strength train? Bulk up in the gym? Or you might have to think, “I lifted my stapler ten times. That counts right?” Just like diets there are trends when it comes to fitness. In the past, people went to the gym and tended to primarily focus on cardiovascular exercise such as running, cycling, and aerobics. But lately the world of exercise has moved towards more of a strength training direction such as weight lifting, yoga and calisthenics, and while both styles of exercise have amazing results and benefits, which is better for weight loss?
Cardio – What does it mean?
Cardio exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate. A cardio workout is a fast moving workout that uses large muscle movement over a sustained period of time. The number one benefit of aerobic exercise is to change your cardiovascular fitness level. Regular aerobic exercise causes your lungs to process more oxygen with less effort, increasing healthy heart activity, energy levels and endurance. Some of the benefits of cardiovascular exercise regiments are weight loss, improved mental health, improved immune systems, increased stamina and chance of disease reduction.
How can strength training benefit you?
Strength training is the process of building and maintaining muscles in the body by using progressively heavier weights or resistance. It is also called resistance training, weight lifting, toning, and bodybuilding. Strength training is very important for maintaining muscle mass throughout your lifetime. Muscle is metabolically active, which means it does the work of creating energy for your body by burning the calories you eat from food. When you maintain and build muscle, you are letting your body do some of the hard work of maintaining your weight.
Strength training provides many benefits and should not be overlooked as part of your exercise program:
· Strength training increases the size and strength of muscles. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest. So, strength training is an important part of weight maintenance and weight loss.
· Strength training helps strengthen tendons, ligaments, and bones. This helps prevent injury during activities of daily living or physical activities.
· As we get older, muscle size and strength decline. But strength training exercises can rebuild and preserve muscles.
· Strength training also helps improves balance.
· Strength training can have a positive impact on your appearance.
Now, which one is better?
The best way to lose weight and transform your body is a combination of both cardio and strength training. Many circuit style training regiments allowing for both heart elevation and a combination of muscle groups to be worked out. When planning a workout routine think about your goals and your body. If you are new to working out and your goal is weight loss than a heavy cardio workout with a few days of yoga and strength training might be the best route but if your goal is to just tone or build muscle than you want a routine more centered on lifting with just one or two days of cardio to keep up endurance. No matter what your workout routine it is essential to stay hydrated, and give yourself a break one or two days a week. It is important that even on off-days from working out to stretch, stay hydrated and allow muscle recovery.
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Melissa O' Shaugnessy founder and owner of Fit Healthy You Fitness. I want to help people understand fitness and nutrition by keeping it simple stop all the confusion.