Cardio or weight training? It's a popular debate in the fitness world. The truth is, you both need to create an effective, well-rounded exercise program. Both offer their own health benefits and work well together to create overall wellbeing. How much time you devote to each depends on both your individual fitness goals and what you prefer. Read on to find the unique health benefits of each.
Muscle Health – Strength training with help increases and maintains muscle mass, while low-intensity and lengthy cardiovascular exercises help to increase muscle endurance. High-intensity cardiovascular training and strength training cause the contractile units of muscle cells to grow, resulting in stronger muscles.
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Body fat – Both forms of exercise reduce body fat, but in different ways. Steady, low-intensity cardiovascular exercise reduces levels by burning calories. Strength training leads to fat loss by increasing muscle mass, which increases the metabolic rate and allows you to burn more calories during and after exercise. No matter what kind of exercise you do, the amount of calories burned depends on the intensity of the workout.
Life expectancy – Although studies have shown that a person who only does cardiovascular training and no strength training will probably live longer than someone who only does strength training, the two forms of movement go hand in hand. Building and maintaining muscle mass is important for longevity, especially as you grow older and need strength and balance to avoid falls and other complications.
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