Exercise: Cardio or Strength?

One of the most heated debates amongst gym freaks is the debate on which exercise – cardio or strength training – is more beneficial. While both have their pros and cons, it is first important to understand what each is. It is also important to understand that it really depends on your fitness goals to decide which form of exercise is more beneficial for you.

What is Cardio? Cardio is short for cardiovascular conditioning. It is essentially an aerobic activity, meaning it uses oxygen to increase your breathing and heart rate. Exercises under this category include running, cycling, swimming, and Zumba among others.

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What is strength training? Strength training is also known as weight training or resistance training. It is an anaerobic activity, meaning it breaks down glucose for energy, without relying on oxygen like cardio does. Exercises under this category include lifting free weights like barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells or using weight machines.

Cardio is extremely beneficial in improving your heart’s health because it causes it to pump more strongly and efficiently. It also helps in burning more calories during your workout and consequently, helps in losing weight faster.