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Weightlifting and Cardio: Which is better?

Any kind of exercise is important to keep the body healthy. The two main types of exercise, cardio exercise like running jogging, or weight training like bench press or weighted squats. There are many benefits to doing both kinds if done right with the proper techniques. It is also important to have a good post training nourishment.

Weight Training

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There are many benefits of proper weight training. Weight training is one of the most effective ways to build muscle mass and strengthen the bones. This allows humans to be able to live longer, healthier with fewer injuries. Exercise in general also keeps the heart healthy and weight training is not an exception. Weight training burns a lot of calories as well. Weight training does not burn as much as Cardio exercises but weight training builds muscle and allows for calories to be burned at rest as well. This is called the AfterBurn Effect and can burn hundreds of calories post workout. Weight training also is good for people’s mental well being as well. weight training has been seen to reduce a lot of anxiety and immediate relief if depressed when lifting weights.

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In a survey taken by Valens Crossfit, it states that more than half of the injuries that people states were caused by poor technique/ form and training too much. This shows even more evidence of how important it is to exercise right.

Dangers of Weight Training

Weight Training can be dangerous. There is an increased risk when lifting heavier weights and a need for spotters. It is essential to have a spotter when doing heavy weight training as the risk of injury is greater. Using the right technique and form while doing exercise is very important as it can lead to long term nerve damage. When weight training it is very important to perform each exercise with the right form to minimize the chance of injury.

Two dangerous exercises that if done incorrectly can injure the back is Deadlift and Squats. Squatting with the wrong form can strain the knee and back when done incorrectly. However, if done correctly they very good for the body and strengthen your core, legs, and back. This can help yur overall day to day activities.

Cardio Exersice

Cardio exercise, like running, is one of the most effective ways to lose fat and has a lot of benefits. Some of the benefits are better brain functions like memory and thinking ability, increased circulation of blood leading to clearer skin, helps to control blood sugar level, strengthen muscles so day to day activities are easier, improves the lungs, and majorly improves the mood and anxiety and stress levels. As you can see cardio exercise has a lot of benefits and should be done a few times a week.

Dangers of Cardiovascular Exercise

Cardio exercise is a demanding activity to the body. Overdoing it can lead to injuries. According to multiple sites, the best cardio plan is to limit cardio exercise to an hour a day or less to protect the body. Overworking your body can lead to hormonal imbalances or sleep disturbances. In cases when you overtrain to the extreme, the muscle starts to die off as it has been damaged to the point of permanent muscle damage called rhabdomyolysis.

Post Training

After a hard exercise, it is important to cool down and to eat right to best build back the muscles that you have broken down during the exercise. Cooling down allows you to slow down your body and return it to the normal temperature of the body at a good pace. Without a cooldown, you can feel light headed as the body is cooling down at a rapid pace. Getting the right nourishment after a workout is important to make sure that you get back enough to keep the body strong and healthy and also to not counteract the exercise by eating too much or the wrong foods. Drinking water is something that we do every day but after a hard workout, it is important to drink enough to stay hydrated.

Cardio VS Weight Training

It is important to do some of both types of exercise, but it is bad to overwork your body. It is also important to know that everybody reacts to exercise in a different way and for some, weight training is better than cardio. So, in the end, it depends on your preference on how to exercise.

Works Cited

  • Bharanidharan, Sadhana. “5 Health Benefits Of Lifting Weights.” Medical Daily, 19 Nov. 2018.
  • Samuel-Becker. “7 Essential Things You Should Do After Every Workout.” The Cheat Sheet, The Cheat Sheet, 12 July 2017.
  • Team, Vascular. “From Head to Toe: The Benefits of a Cardio Workout (Infographic).” Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic, Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic, 31 Jan. 2019.
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  1. April 26, 2019 by Kirsten.Mettler Reply

    I think this had some really important information. Whenever I work out, I never consider how dangerous a work out is. It is good to know that I should be considering these risks.

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