Why You Should Combine Cardio And Weight Lifting

Often we can become so preoccupied with weight lifting that we forget about our heart strength.  Without a doubt the heart is the most important muscle in the body so it is imperative that we participate in cardio exercises.  If Superman, who is renowned for his strength, only built up muscle he would not be able to run as fast as he does.  Cardio exercise includes; jogging cycling, swimming or brisk walking.  Cardio is great for your heart while weight lifting is good for your muscles and joints.

Cardio

Your heart’s main job is to transport oxygen around the body.  Aerobic exercise is the most effective way of doing this. Benefits of cardio include:-

  • Improved heart health.

  • Increased metabolism.

  • Improved hormone profile.

  • Improved recovery ability.

  • Management of diabetes.

Cardio exercise should be intensive and in short bursts to start off with.  Routines should vary and last about 30 to forty minutes.  It is advised that you participate in cardio exercise 3 - 5 times a week. Gym equipment that provides cardio exercise include; cross trainer, treadmill, bike and rowing machine.

Weight Lifting

Muscles burn calories even when you are resting.  Weight lifting builds muscles up using anaerobic respiration. Every time you weight lift you are damaging your muscle fibres a little bit, they increase in size when they repair themselves.  Benefits of weight lifting include:-

  • Burning calories when resting.

  • Lose fat and look slimmer.

  • Reduces chances of osteoporosis.

  • Helps balance.

  • Keeps you spritely as you age.

It is advisable to leave 48 hours between workouts so that your muscles can repair.  You know that you are doing the exercise correctly when you sweat and get shortness of breath.  It is vitally important that you lift weights smoothly so that you don’t damage your muscles.  The following equipment is good for building up muscle; leg press, free weights, kettle bells, leg curl and multi gym.  The JTX Pro builds up muscle using vibration instead of heavy weights.

Endorphins

If you have ever wondered why cyclists and joggers continue to exercise in inclement weather it is because their body releases feel good chemicals.  Endorphins are a group of hormones in the brain that produce an analgesic effect by activating the body’s opiate receptors.   So exercise not only makes you look good - you will also feel great!


If you are in South Cumbria come and visit our gym in Grange - Over - Sands and start cardio and weight lifting.