Cardio and Strength Training: Do You Mix Both?

Why is a balanced workout important?

Time and time again, we have been reminded of the importance of living a healthy and well-balanced life. From the food we eat to the amount of sleep we get each night, we are given recommendations of how much is considered adequate for good health. However, food and sleep are not the only important things when striving for balance. We need to have a strong mindset too!

The long-running debate over which training method is more important and effective can be answered simply – You need a combination of both cardio and weights based training for your body to function optimally.

The Australian Department of Health recognises the importance of incorporating both cardio (aerobic) and strength training (anaerobic) into your workout regime. Each adult, aged 18-64 years old is advised to accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) of moderate physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours) of vigorous physical activity and do muscle-strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week.

Both cardio and strength training come with their own set of benefits, and each compliments the other to increase your overall fitness and performance.

The benefits of cardio and strength training, and the power of them combined:

Benefits of Cardio Training

Enhances body’s ability to process and use oxygen
Increases lung capacity
Improves overall fitness to help you live longer, including lower resting heart rate
Increases blood flow to working muscles, which aids in faster muscle recovery
Lowers blood pressure, which reduces risk of heart disease

Benefits of Strength Training

Assists in building lean muscle mass which increases physical work capacity. Lean muscle mass, if not maintained, decreases with age. If you don’t add strength training to your routine, it will turn into fat.
Increase in muscular strength and mobility
Improved ability to perform activities of daily living with greater ease
Promotes fat-free body mass and decreases sarcopenia
Shapes physique
Improves posture
Enhances balance and coordination
Speeds up metabolism

Overall Health Benefits

A well-rounded workout regime gives the body a myriad of mental and physical benefits. Generally, endorphins are released when we workout. These are natural “happy” hormones released by the brain to combat stress and relieve anxiety.
At the same time, exercise increases blow flow to the brain, which enables better function, enhances mood and increases productivity.
The risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and even some types of cancer may be reduced as well.

Should you focus on one more than the other?
Despite having preference for one form of training over the other, it is imperative that you do both. The key is to make the work together.

As is the case with many aspects of fitness, balance is the key to mixing both cardio and strength training into your routine. While these two modes of exercise are frequently considered incompatible, when scheduled properly, they will work together to help you reach your health and fitness goals.

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