Alright guys and gals, here is a topic that I get asked about often! What’s better: lifting weights, or doing cardio? Now if you want a quick answer, I’d say weights all day everyday but it’s honestly much deeper than that. In order to get a true understanding of what the best option is for you, you need to learn what they have in common, how they differ, and what the best approach to both is.
Cardio is short for cardiovascular. That should already give you an idea of what cardio’s main purpose is. It helps increase the strength and overall health of your cardiovascular system which includes your heart and lungs. Cardio can also help improve your endurance during workouts. Typically the main reason most people do cardio is to burn calories in order to lose weight. The higher you get your heart rate, the more calories you burn. On average, a person will burn about 10 calories a minute while jogging. While it is achievable to burn fat doing cardio, it’s also easy to end up burning muscle in the process which is counter intuitive. Cardio is extremely beneficial when utilized properly.
In terms of weight training, I don’t even know how to start listing the number of amazing benefits it has. For starters, weight training can burn just as many calories, if not more in the same time frame that cardio can. Another huge benefit is that it helps build muscle. While improving your physique by gaining muscle is rewarding in itself, it’s even better that the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Weight lifting also promotes increases in your bone density which can decrease your risk of osteoporosis, as well as improve your posture which can prevent many other injuries and issues.
Weight training should be a part of everyone’s exercise routine regardless of your specific goal. Lifting weights for 30-45 minutes, and following that with 10-15 minutes of cardio is a great combination for the body. Now go out there and get moving!
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