Cardio vs. Strength TrainingWhich is better for you?
Both aerobic exercise and resistance training can promote substantial improvements to our physical fitness and health. The benefits include a decrease in body fat, increase in bone density and an increase in metabolism. The question is - When putting together your weekly exercise program, what should you do: Cardio or Strength?
The answer is simple - Do Both.
The American College of Sports Medicine's overall recommendation is for adults to engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. This can be done in either a continuous session (30-60 minutes a day) or multiple shorter sessions (of at least 10 minutes). To decide how much of each, assess what you desire to achieve (ie lose weight, increase strength, lower cholesterol, improve bone density, run a 5k) and check out the table below to design a program that best supports your goals.