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Fitness showdown

You’ve got 30 minutes to workout. Should you head out for a run or hit the ground for some pushups? We’ve put cardio and resistance training head-to-head to see which type of workout wins out.

 

Contender: CARDIO

Benefits:

  • Burns calories to help you lose weight.
  • Strengthens your heart and lungs.
  • Releases endorphins (“feel good” chemical), which can help fight stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Boosts your immune system.
  • Lowers your risk of certain diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer, such as colon, breast and lung cancer.

 

Contender: RESISTANCE TRAINING

Benefits:  

  • Increases your metabolism (muscle burns more calories than fat when the body is at rest).
  • Helps reduce body fat.
  • Encourages stronger bones.
  • Lessens the symptoms of chronic illnesses such as arthritis, back pain and Type 2 diabetes.
  • Strengthens muscles, which can increase your quality of life as you get older.

 

Winner: RESISTANCE TRAINING!

While you really need a good mix of both in your routine, adding resistance training to your workouts gives you an extra edge. Not only will you burn calories during your workout, you’ll keep burning them for hours after you’ve left the gym! Plus, resistance training is the clear winner for promoting bone density and fighting muscle loss as you age.

You don’t have to stick to weights – or even lift heavy weights. Body resistance exercise, like lunges, planks, wall sits, tricep dips and squats, gives you the same benefits.

 

Stay strong

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