There is a huge difference between resistance training and cardiovascular workouts. You need to know that the word cardiovascular relates to heart and vessels and is not a muscle building activity. It directly benefits the heart, lungs and improve air and blood circulation. Now, when it comes to weight loss, how beneficial is cardio workouts? Most people think that because they sweat more during their cardio workouts, they will burn more calories. The answer is yes and no! Cardio workouts only burn calories, or activate the metabolism when you’re exercising only and not 24 hours per day. Weight lifting on the hand is a muscle building activity. Let me clarify something to all the ladies reading this, your body is not capable of bulking up like a man just because you lifted weights. This is a myth! Our creator did not make the female body to produce Testosterone like a man, and for that reason, you can’t look like one. While cardio workouts burn more calories in a short period of time, muscle burn less calories for a longer period of time. Example: For every pound of muscle you build, you improve your metabolism digesting ability by 50 calories per day. Muscle burns calories 24 hours per day, 7 days per week! Here’s the other benefits to both weight lifting and cardiovascular workouts!
- It promotes brain health: It improves memory, brain health, and physical fitness in sedentary adults.
- It improves heart health: You need to work your heart muscle because it weakens over time. It also lowers bad cholesterol.
- It improves metabolism: The more intense the cardio session, the more noticeable the increase in your metabolic rate.
- It eases depression and fatigue: It also releases hormones that decreases appetite.
- It regulates diabetes: It increases your muscles ability to utilize glucose. It can keep blood sugar levels under control.
- It has physical benefits: It burns calories and helps shed pounds. It also increases stamina and increases energy.
- It regulates sleep patterns.
- Muscle fights fat: Helps improve metabolism
- Reduces depression symptoms: Fights osteoporosis. As your muscles adapt, your bones do too
- Lowers diabetes risk: Reduces risk by 34%, adding cardio reduces it another 59%. Provides better control over blood sugar.
- Prevents back pain: Strengthens core muscles which support your spine.
- Strengthens you mentally: Teaches you to push yourself and persevere.
As you can see, both cardio and weightlifting have benefits. The important thing is that you keep moving!