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Cardio vs. Weight Training

“There is a benefit to weight training with cardio to achieve weight loss. Cardio alone is great for weight loss in general. You burn more calories and experience more weight loss over a shorter duration of time doing cardio than you do with strength training.”

However, she points out that lifting weights also has benefits for weight loss.

“Muscle burns more calories, even at rest, than fat does. Therefore, by increasing your muscle mass you are also increasing your body’s ability to burn more calories,” she said.

It is important to create a workout routine that incorporates both aerobic activity and strength training. The ideal workout would be 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (such as walking or running) four to five times per week, along with two to three days of strength training per week. Start with an amount of weight that allows you to complete 8 to 12 repetitions. You can gradually increase the weight as you increase your physical activity.

Dr. Curry recommends a checkup with a primary care physician for people who have never exercised before or who are getting back into exercise after a long hiatus, especially if they haven’t had a yearly wellness exam.

“I also recommend that they have someone with experience show them how to lift weights appropriately with good technique,” she said. This may help prevent injuries.

So, who’s ready to hit the gym now? You are!

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