Exercise enthusiasts tend to side more with either cardio or strength training for various reasons. Some love to hit the road and run until the stress is gone. Others find bench-pressing to be more of a release than a cardio session. But regardless of which one you prefer, each has benefits, and together they can both be a part of an awesome wellness routine. Check it out!
Strength Training and Fat Loss
While hour long cardio workouts can burn tons of calories, strength training exercises are important for building a lean body and keeping off the excess weight. Strength workouts build muscle, which revs up metabolism like nobody’s business. In addition, you will continue to burn calories for hours after your strength training workout, so the benefits go beyond the here and now.
Cardio and Stress Relief
If you are addicted to your cardio, it might be for good reason. It can help clear your mind, rid you of anxiety, and give you a break from the goings on around you. Sometimes cranking out a good cardio session can be as mentally beneficial as it is physically beneficial. If you enjoy listening to tunes while you workout, you will associate cardio with good feelings and a fun atmosphere. So when you are in a rut, go for a long walk, swim some laps, or pound the pavement.
Strength Training for Injury Prevention
Strength training can play a huge role in preventing athletic injuries, according to research. Strains, sprains, dislocations, and back pain are all kept at bay when regular strength training is added to the mix. Focusing on core strength and balance will help you be on your A-game when it comes to overall fitness.
Cardio and Chronic Disease Prevention
Cardio is a huge asset to those with type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Research shows that even three 30 minute sessions of moderate cardio a week can reduce one’s risk for heart attack, osteoporosis, stroke, and hypertension. The body wants to move, and it doesn’t take long to reap the benefits of exercise.
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Story Credit: Cardio Vs. Strength Training: Which Matters More? By The Editor’s of Women’s Health
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