Cardio and Resistance Training For Beginners
Cardiovascular Activity or Cardio as it is more commonly called and Resistance Training are both great for health. However, they each have their own unique benefits.
According to Livestrong, "The American College of Sports Medicine describes cardiovascular fitness as the ability of your body to take in, transport and use oxygen while exercising. Cardiovascular fitness is the result of your your heart, lungs, muscles and blood working together in concert while you exercise. Cardiovascular fitness is inextricably linked with health. Resistance training means that there is an overload that your muscles must overcome with movement. This can be weights, bands, gravity and your body weight." Resistance training is linked with strength and building muscle.
For weight loss, cardio is a great option as it burns more calories than resistance training. A look at myfitnesspal.com, a popular nutrition app for weight loss, better illustrates this point One hour of moderate weightlifting burns 204 calories if you weigh 150 pounds. An hour on the elliptical burns 3x as much.
However, resistance training is the best way to build more muscle which will in turn increase metabolism, and when combined with cardio exercises, can increase weight loss over cardio alone and can add muscle to your body over cardio alone. Resistance training benefits also include stronger bones and a decreased risk of injury.
Some ellipticals and machines such as SymGym, have arm and leg pedals providing both an upper and lower body workout for both cardio and resistance training. Overall, these double-duty machines can save you time and maximize your workout by including both.