Cardio Vs. Weightlifting
Whether you are rationally on #teamCardio or #teamWeightlifting, one has to admit that both forms of exercise are required in order to lose weight in some fashion. As someone trying to shed pounds, I have received advice from both camps thriving on the extremes. My landlord, for example, boasts about the rapidity of which one can shed fat while utilizing certain machines such as the treadmill, elliptical, and best of all, a swimming pool. He forgets, however, the failure of cardio on muscle building. This is a vital component to anyone trying to look lean and sculpted. A fellow gym goer I know, upholds the benefits of weightlifting. Yet, he quickly mentioned that when it came to heart pumping exercises such as cardio workouts, he simply did not have the endurance to keep up.
According to Paige Waehner on Very Well Fit, the benefits for cardio surpass simple weight loss. Her compiled list includes other positive attributes such as a stronger heart and lungs, increased bone density, reduced stress, temporary relief from depression, better sleep, and more energy. Most people, however, often focus on the weight loss aspect rather than the whole gestalt process. There is an emphasis on heart health that newcomers to the workout scene fail to keep in mind. Furthermore, even seasoned gym athletes can forget the importance of cardio as they laser in on simple weightlifting as a method of remaining fit. For endurance purposes, cardio is known to boost the body’s ability to last during high intensity daily activities. If that is the case for cardio, then what are the pros for weightlifting.
While cardio focuses on weight-loss—that being anything from fat to muscle and even water weight, weight-lifting burns fat. More than just a fat burning tool, weight-lifting enhances mood while reducing stress, Deana Dorman in Paleo Hacks states. It burns more calories even post-workout, builds strength without bulking, and improves posture while reducing back pain. As lean muscles increase, lifting weights also revs up one’s metabolism. While there’s a common misconception among women that lifting heavy will lead to a bulkier body, women simply do not have the same amount of testosterone in their bodies like their male counterparts.
While cardio focuses on weight-loss, weight-lifting sheds fat. However, these two forms of physical activity benefit the body in numerous ways. Becoming an extremist on either side prevents the cumulative effect on the body—that of building both strength and endurance among a plethora of other life changing results.
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