What’s better: Cardio or Strength Training?

A comparison of the two main types of physical exercise

You walk into the gym for an hour of exercise. Do you head to the treadmill or the free weights? Do you work on your heart, or your muscles?

Cardiovascular Exercise – It is activity that raises your heart rate, like walking, running, biking, swimming, rowing or aerobic workouts. Cardiovascular exercise can help you:

  • Strengthen your heart and keep your arteries clear.
  • Control your weight.
  • Increase energy levels and boost your mood.
  • Prevent illness and reduce health risks.
  • Manage conditions like high blood pressure and blood sugar

Adding intervals to a cardio workout — for example, running or walking faster for one minute and then resuming your normal pace — is a good way to burn calories and build endurance.

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Strength Training – It is exercise that uses resistance or weights to induce muscle contractions. This builds the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles. Strength-training activities are not sustained over a period of time; instead, they use short bursts of effort. Strength training activities can include weightlifting, resistance band training, yoga and calisthenics. With strength training, you can:

  • Develop stronger muscles and bones.
  • Control your weight.
  • Increase energy levels and boost your mood.
  • Manage conditions like back pain, arthritis, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
  • Sharpen your focus.

It’s mportant to note that strength training does not make women “bulky.” Women don’t have the levels of testosterone required to develop huge muscles. Another advantage — it can help you avoid the effects of osteoporosis.

Which is better?
Both are Important ! A mix of strength and cardio is the ideal exercise combination to help burn calories and stay in shape. Remember though, if you are trying to lose weight, what you eat is just as important. Aim for a few cardio sessions per week (about three), and a few strength-training sessions (two to three).

A HIIT for burning more calories

If your main goal is to burn more calories, consider high intensity interval training or HIIT. These workouts involve repeated bouts of high, intense effort followed by a period of rest.

HIIT workouts tend to burn more calories than traditional workouts, especially after the workout. Please note that this type of workout is not suitable for all physical fitness levels. Check with your doctor before beginning any type of workout.

Reference : https://timewellspent.anthem.com/uploads/bcbs/04291ANMENABS.pdf

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Informative post! In my mid-60s, more of my exercise tends to be brisk walks for usually an hour. In the winter I switch to my indoor bike for longer rides or shorter intervals.

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    1. GS says:

      Experts have said that walking could be the best exercise for seniors; it’s an effective way to reduce the risk for chronic conditions and improve your overall health. Some of the benefits of walking for seniors include: Improves heart health. For seniors, walking offers numerous heart health benefits.


  2. Ryn says:

    Wow whoa this is awesome

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you liked the post Ryn. What exercise are you into?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ryn says:

        To be honest it’s depends on the day could be anything any day lol

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  3. Well, unfortunately, part of what I love to do for exercise isn’t available right now

    For me, I love the Greenway- there are multiple Charlotte greenways, but there is one that goes behind my neighborhood. The weather, on some days, hasn’t allowed me to do this.

    This is a spring project- fixing up our bikes. That is the easiest and fastest way for me to exercise during the warmer months, but not when its too warm. I have to confess- I am more sensible to heat, which might be a seizure trigger

    I really love Zumba, but not quite able to do this for some time due to the Pandemic

    Being in the middle of tests and figuring the epilepsy out can in some ways make it difficult to exercise as much as I should

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  4. Well…both are of good to our health

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Yes both are when done in right amounts


  5. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Awesome post! I’m partial to running. But I try strength training but I always seem to aggravate my arthritis…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Running is best for you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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