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Cardio Through Resistance-Based Exercise

Jan 22, 2014

Many fitness journals and publications treat cardio and resistance exercises as completely different workouts, often recommending some specific combination of “weights and cardio” to achieve goals. New methods, however, make it clear that the two are much closer than many would assume.

Particularly, many fitness experts recommend programs and plans that include resistance-based exercises in rapid succession to help keep the heart rate elevated, offering a powerful cardiovascular workout that doesn’t include time on the treadmill or elliptical.

These routines can be incredibly effective, but that doesn’t mean they include all of the same benefits of prolonged cardio exercise. Activities like running and cycling help the body burn calories over a long period, while also improving lung and heart function. These blended cardio and resistance workouts can offer many of the same benefits, but rarely over so long a period.

So, what does that mean? Is one better than the other? Well no, not at all. In fact, many experts will tell you that the most effective routines simply include a bit of everything. Lift weights, hit the bike and spend time with these blended workouts, and you’ll give yourself the best chance of achieving the body you want.


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