Cardio vs Weight-Training

Over and over again we hear this question – which is better, cardio or weight-training? And the answer isn’t the same for everyone. For some cardio is better, while for others strength is more efficient for their goals. We mostly recommend to combine both in your workouts. Read ahead to learn more about the benefits and functions of each workout, so you can make the best decision for your workouts plan.

Cardio Workouts

Cardio workouts is the first choice for those who want to lose weight. It burns calories quickly and will allow you to get to your ideal weight faster. Because it is based on a continuance effort, it strengthens the heart and improve lung capacity as you go. It also lead to natural boost of energy and not only during the workout but along your entire day. Additionally, cardio workouts improve your mental health and one of its benefits is that it will allow you a much better sleep, which is also very important for your health.

Example of cardio exercises:

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Aerobic 
  • Rope jumping
  • Jumping jacks

Strength/Weight-training

Weight-training is usually for those who wishes to shape their body and to make it stronger. The basics behind strength training is to create a resistance to the muscle and push against it. The resistance is usually created by the following:

  • Our own body weight
  • Resistance bands
  • Free weights
  • Resistance machines

If you’re afraid to hurt yourself at the beginning, when your muscles aren’t so strong, avoid using resistance machines of a high level and heavy free weights. Start with exercises that use your own body weight, such as:

  • Squats
  • Pushups
  • Planks
  • Lunges

When you feel those are getting too easy to complete, you can add training bands and exercise with it. When you get stronger you can use free weights that suit your level and finally you can use resistance machines.

The ideal is to combine the cardio workouts and the weight-training. You can do so in one workouts or you can split it and work one day on your cardio and the next on your strength. If you’re not sure which is the best for you and how hard you should work out, you can always consult with your doctor or personal trainer in order to plan the best workout plan for your needs.

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