27th October 2016. When it comes to hitting the gym, there is a clear dichotomy visible no matter which one you consider: there will be people pounding the treadmills and cycles for cardio, and others pumping iron for strength. Maybe you've even overheard other people discussing how many days a week they train in each discipline, or if they even forego one entirely in favor of the other. What's the real answer to the question of "how do I balance these activities?" Intense cardio is excellent for heart health, but strength training can enable more muscle development and deeper fitness gains.
Whether you're signing up for a membership for the first time or you're a gym veteran, figuring out how to structure your workout is a challenge for everyone. In part, the answer will depend on your goal. Are you aiming for weight loss, muscle development, endurance, or something else? Is there a particular sport in which you are trying to excel? Thinking about these questions can help make the path to the right structure a little clearer. Beyond that, of course, is the science and the research behind exercise. Below, we'll look more closely at the specific benefits of both cardio and strength training. We'll also examine a few ways to try balancing these different exercise types to maximize your personal benefit. Soon, you may be ready to overhaul your gym habits totally.
Cardio vs. strength: the effects on the body
First, you should have a good idea of what you can achieve through each type of exercise. Both cardiovascular exercise and strength training have some overlapping benefits, but by and large, your body will respond differently to each. Before we even think about how often you should hit the gym, we need to lay down