HEART HEALTH: STRENGTH TRAINING OR AEROBIC?
Properly applied, strength training improves heart health while simultaneously engaging the muscular system.
Aerobic activities that increase heart rate and make us breathe harder such as walking, biking, and jogging are traditionally recommended for heart health.
Studies show that strength training doesn’t just build strong muscles and bones, but also offers great benefits for heart health as well. That’s why the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends strength training not only for muscle strength and endurance, but also for heart and lung function, reducing coronary disease risk factors, enhancing glucose metabolism, and as a tool in maintaining heart health and preventing or recovering from heart disease.
Strength training is beneficial for everyone, from children to the elderly, but since we naturally lose muscle tissue as we grow older, (the aging process begins as of age 30), it is important to specifically incorporate resistance training into your exercise regimen 2 or 3 times a week.
Strength training provides numerous other health benefits such as fighting against osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis and obesity. It releases stress, depression, improves endurance, flexibility, stamina, balance and coordination. It can prevent and rehabilitate injuries.
It is simple: Strength is good because when you are stronger, performing daily tasks becomes easier, everything becomes easier and your heart will be happy as you won’t put such strain on it daily.
Take-away: Favor your strength training routines above spending countless hours on the treadmill, specially if you are short on time, not only will you take care of your heart’s needs, but as an added benefit, you will simultaneously sculpt and tone your body as well.
So where do you start? Luckily we have put together a series of strength training programs accessible, so that you too can begin enjoying the wonderful benefits strength training provides, with the added benefits of having the certainty that you are on the right path, as you will be following Dr. Fitness USA Body Design Formula protocol