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Cardio vs. Weight Training


When deciding on an exercise routine, it can be hard to decide what to focus on. Traditional weight loss focuses on cardio, while building muscle and bulking up relies on weight lifting. To decide which is right for you, start by determining your goals.

Weight training or lifting has many benefits. It creates lean muscle mass and the strength of your connective tissue, muscles and tendons. Weight training can also improve bone density and quality of life, while boosting your metabolism and fat loss. If your goal is to gain muscle, weight training is the way to go.

Cardio also offers many benefits, including weight loss and reduced stress. Over time, cardio strengthens your heart and lungs, and can provide relief from depression and anxiety, as well as better sleep and more energy. If your fitness goals are primarily focused on weight loss, cardio is a great starting point.

A well-rounded workout includes both cardio and weights. While the scale may take some time to move, remember that your body is changing, even if you can’t see it. Studies have shown that those who do cardio and weights lost more weight compared to those who only did one or the other.

Before starting a new fitness regimen, talk to your health care provider, as they may have some valuable insight about what will work best for you. Remember, the important thing is to find something you enjoy.