Exercise is something we all need regularly to keep our bodies healthy. There are a variety of ways to get adequate exercise, depending on what type of activity you are looking for. Some people may be looking for a fun way to keep in shape, while others may need exercise in order to excel in a sport or other activity. Here we’ll look at the difference between aerobic exercise and strength training.
In a nutshell, aerobic exercise are cardiovascular activities such as running, biking, or simply walking with a purpose to name a few. Dancing, playing soccer, skating, or doing anything that raises your heart rate qualifies as aerobic exercise and needs to be embraced. This doesn’t mean that you need to compete in triathlons; it just means you need to stay active. Aerobic exercise is beneficial to the body because it strengthens the circulatory system by building up the heart and blood vessels while also burning calories.
While aerobic exercise will can build muscles, many aerobic activities such as sports and dancing are not considered strength training. For most, the idea of strength training brings the gym and weights to mind, but this isn’t always true. Strength training at its core is the use of resistance to contract muscles which increases strength, boosts endurance, and builds skeletal muscles. Weight lifting is a big part of this for many, but yoga, pilates, and simple body-weight exercises (push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, etc) all accomplish the muscle contraction that strength training aims to achieve.
Using a Combination
Do not fall into the misconception trap that aerobic exercise simply burns fat while strength training builds muscle. You’re going to burn fat and calories while strength training and you’re going to build muscle during aerobic exercise. A personalized combination of the two based on your body type, wants, needs and goals is ideal. A combination of aerobic exercise and strength training will help keep your body in shape while burning calories and building muscle without wearing your body out on one type of activity.
Aim for a Healthy Lifestyle
Exercise alone, no matter what kind, is only one aspect of living a healthy lifestyle. Make sure that you have a healthy, varied diet, and that you engage in healthy pre-workout activities such as stretching and hydrating. Try to avoid unhealthy habits, such as smoking, which can damage your body, and focus on healthy habits. Healthy habits could include many activities, such as establishing a private workout routine, attending a fitness class, or even meeting regularly with friends for a workout activity. Establishing a routine will help keep your body in shape. Once you begin to build muscle and exercise frequently, you’ll begin to burn more calories and working out will become easier.
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