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Strength or Cardio?


Strength or cardio?

What can benefit you?

Strength and cardio, are they ying and yang? Best friends or worst enemies? Shall we get to the bottom of this exercise partnership at last?
Have you been wondering what’s best? Strength or cardio? In this article we are going to look at the benefits of each type of training to your mind and body so you can determine which may be the better option for you!
Strength?

1. It makes your bones stronger
Not only can weight training increase bone density, it can improve muscle mass, balance and connective tissue strength, all of which decrease risk of falling and breaking something (which in an older person, often signifies the beginning of the end).

2. Helps to create lean muscle
If you want to get toned and honed strength training is a must. Strength training helps to break the muscle fibres so they come back bigger and stronger. This helps to create the toned look you desire.

3. Burns body fat
Do you want to lose weight? Strength training is excellent for weight loss! It actually takes calories to maintain muscle mass as well as grow it. Strength training and its after effects will help to keep your weight down and eliminate body fat.

4. Helps with chronic disease management
Weight training has significant support (science wise) for being a valuable and effective weight management tool, which does itself have important implications for preventing, and managing overweight and obesity issues such as diabetes etc.

5. Stress & anxiety
Weight training is excellent for managing the effects of stress and anxiety. It can also help to lower blood pressure. Weight training will allow you to enjoy the endorphin release too so you will feel happier and in a much better mood.

Cardio?

1. Helps to keep your weight down
Cardio is great for keeping your weight down. If you want to lose body fat and reduce your weight, cardiovascular activity is a must. There are so many types of cardio you can do too such as HIIT training, steady state, classes at your local gym or even a run around the block!

2. Improves your CV health
Cardiovascular activity helps to make your heart and lungs stronger and more efficient. When you complete CV activity your heart has to work harder and so do your lungs. This in turn strengthens them both meaning your body can also utilize the oxygen it takes in much more efficiently.

3. Reduced stress
Physical activity such as cardio helps to eliminate the stress hormone cortisol. This means you can enjoy a stress-free life and cope with mental ailments much better such as anxiety and depression.

4. Reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer
Regular cardio activity can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. It’s imperative for your health and can also help to reduce the risk of diabetes.

5. Better sleep
Regular CV activity can also enhance the quality of your sleep. Poor sleep is usually due to a sedentary lifestyle. Cardio will help you to enjoy longer and better quality of sleep.

As you can see, both types of exercise have profound benefits. Ideally you should be doing an even mixture of both for the benefit of your health. Ideally work with a personal trainer who can devise an exercise plan to suit your individual needs.