Strength or Cardio?
Strength Or Cardio
Should you be Strength Training or Doing Cardio?
The real quick answer… if it’s possible, you should be doing both!
Strength training and cardio workouts both have their own merits and play a key role in your overall physical well being. Strength Training keeps your muscles strong, and with functional training, makes it easier for you to do everything in your daily life easier. Increased muscle also leads to increased fat loss if that happens to be the goal! Heads up though, adding muscle might add on pounds, but it’s a good weight! A healthy weight! The scale knows nothing!
Cardio is best for strengthening your lungs and your heart. It can help you build endurance and improve your energy levels (decreasing fatigue). It can also prevent disease and help manage the symptoms of illness and chronic pain. It can ALSO help you with weight loss and if you walk outside you get the added benefits of fresh air and sunshine!
The questions should not be WHICH but more along the lines of how much and what types?
I have already laid out everything you need to know about getting started with Strength Training! Check it out here:
So Let’s Talk Cardio
Cardio Or Cardio Vascular exercise is anything that you are doing to get your heart rate up! Walking, running, swimming, cycling, dancing, jumping rope, are just a few of the examples of cardio exercises that I can think of off the top of my head!
There are also a lot of different ways that you can integrate cardio exercises into your workout session. Exercises such as jumping jacks, jogging on the spot, and burpee (Yuck), when combined together, can get your heart racing!
Try this 10 min Cardio Workout
Creating a well-rounded program.
The best program is something that includes both cardio and strength. You may tip the scales and focus on one more than the other, depending on your goals, but your actions during one will complement the other!
If you’re just setting out on your fitness journey, or coming back from a break, it is always best to start off slow! A combination of daily walks and an at-home workout session is a great place to start!
Personally, this is my regular routine to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I walk my dog for 30-60 minutes a day (and get lots of fresh air, sunshine, and me time) and I work out 4-5 times a week at home for 20-30 minutes a session
Do you live for that weekend sport? Do you go out Biking, skiing, surfing, or whatever it is, and then feel sore for half the week afterward? It’s because your body is not being properly conditioned for it!
If you spent a couple of the days in between the weekend, walking, swimming, or going for easier bike rides, AND a couple of days doing short workouts (especially for your core), you would be so ready to take on that weekend adventure with ease. Probably even improve your abilities.
Looking to make big changes
If you are looking to get really serious about changing the way you feel, then you need a program that is designed for exactly what you need! A home or gym workout that targets the areas you want to focus on, and progresses at a pace you feel comfortable with.
As a virtual personal trainer, this is what I do for my clients. Creating custom plans for all different lifestyles and goals!
If you need something more and you plan to go to the gym and look into the big weights, Please consult an onsite trainer for proper instruction and use of the equipment there. Gyms also open you up to a new world of cardio equipment. treadmills, ellipticals, and stair climbers, and all of which you can do while watching TV! No judgment – sometimes it makes it more interesting!
Again the amount in which you do your strength training and cardio is dependent on your goals, but it is still important to mix both into your routine. AND DON’T FORGET TO STRETCH! :p