Benefits of Strength Training
If done properly and responsibly, strength training can have numerous benefits. Just to name a few, strength training can improve someone's overall strength and muscle endurance, strengthen bones, improve balance, and can decrease the risk of certain diseases.
One of the biggest benefits of strength training is the number of variations it offers. Strength training can be performed with a wide variety of gym equipment, barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, bands, and cables. It can even be done with just body weight. Which, especially comes in handy when you're stuck at home during a pandemic. Its variations are also not limited to gym equipment, but also to the types of strength training that can be performed. Since strength training is a very broad term, many subcategories fall under it. That includes endurance training, powerlifting, crossfit, and bodybuilding.
Strength training is not just for athletes either, anyone can strength train. Its numerous variations allow for everyone to find something that suits them.
Benefits of Cardiovascular Training
Cardiovascular training, just like strength training has several benefits. Probably the biggest benefit to cardiovascular training that everybody knows is weight loss. Although weight loss is a great benefit to doing cardio endurance training, it has other benefits that are just as great. For example, decreased risk of heart disease. Which, I don’t know about you but a healthy heart sounds pretty good to me. Since cardiovascular training puts your heart under stress, just like any muscle it will get stronger. Which can improve your heart’s blood flow.
Cardiovascular training can be broken down into two different types, aerobic exercise, and anaerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise is any exercise that can be preformed over an extended period of time, like running, walking, and swimming. Anaerobic exercise is short and intense, and can’t be performed for very long periods. Examples include weight lifting and sprinting. Both types of cardiovascular training will be beneficial to your cardiovascular system and your overall health.
Both aerobic and anaerobic exercise should be included in a well-balanced training program.
Both strength training and cardiovascular training can be very beneficial to you if done properly and responsibly. I highly recommend that you decide what type of training you try based on the overall goals you have for yourself. But at the same time do not be afraid to go out and try all different types of exercise. Who knows, you might just fall in love with something new.