Strength training and cardio are equally important. Cardio is a type of exercise designed to increase your heart rate, while strength training is designed to fatigue your muscles. When planning your daily exercise, consider these factors about cardio and strength training.
▪ Cardio requires sustaining a level of activity that keeps your
heart beating quickly over a period of time.
▪ Exercises like swimming, yoga, biking, aerobics, Pilates, and walking, are great ways to strengthen the heart.
▪ Cardio exercise improves how efficiently your muscles use oxygen so it’s like strength training, but for the heart!
▪ Lifting weights stresses the bones, which helps to increase
bone density and decreases your risk of weakened bones and fractures.
▪ A pound of muscle takes up much less room than a pound of fat so a fit, toned body will be smaller than an out-of-shape one, even if the two people weigh the same.
▪ Muscle also burns more calories, making it easier to control your weight.
The next time you’re outside enjoying the nice weather, mix it up! Set a goal to be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day. Include a combination of strength training and cardio.
*If your one of our clients get with Katie or I before beginning your exercise program.