Cardiovascular vs. Strength Training for Weight Loss Regimens

Cardiovascular vs. Strength Training for Weight Loss Regimens


Which is better: aerobic workouts or weight training for losing unwanted pounds? The answer depends upon your ultimate goal.

Resistance (weight)  training is likely to increase muscle mass, so that even though you are reducing body fat and looking more fit, you may not see those results on the scale. Adherents of strength training increases bone thickness, builds a stronger heart, decreases resting BP-blood pressure, halts power loss, and improves balance as well as organization. Lifting weights also reportedly provides a metabolic boost after a workout while your muscles recover.

For burning calories and losing belly fat that’s most damaging to your health, aerobic exercise is the best option, according to a Duke University Study.  Belly or abdominal fat is located deep within the abdominal cavity, filling the space between internal organs. It is associated with increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer.

In addition to weight loss, according to fitness instructor Jane Simons, quoted in WebMD, “The benefits of cardiovascular training include better circulation, increases in bone density (to help out combat osteoporosis), reduced anxiety and improved sleep.”

Losing weight requires expending more energy than you are consuming. A lower calorie diet in combination with cardio training is the fastest way to see weight-loss results. However, if your goal is overall strength and fitness, then a sensible diet combined with a mix of cardio and strength training is your best bet.