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A 51-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between aerobic exercise and strength training?

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Dr. Marcus Roux
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
What are your goals?: Aerobic exercise designed to elevate heart rate and improve stamina. Strength training can include many types of exercise including eccentric training. This will assist in building muscle bulk. Aerobic can include biking, jogging, walking swimming. Strength training usually will require resistance training.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Which is better for you: aerobic exercise or strength training?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Not necessarily: Either. They serve different purposes and, remember, if you cut down your intensity(amount of weight) and increase volume(repetitions) and reduce rest intervals, weight training can be quite aerobic too. In a perfect world your exercise regimen would be a combination of both, which is why there is a strong movement towards aerobically focused resistance training.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Are there any cons to strength training compared to aerobic exercise?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Do both: Ideally you should be doing both, since strength training will maintain muscle mass, while aerobic exercise maintains cardiovascular health. Only doing one or the other would miss out on the benefits of each one.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Which should you do first during a workout: aerobic exercise or strength training?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Depends who you ask!: For the average person, it really doesn't matter what order you do your exercises as long as you exercise. Many like to warm up w/aerobic activities before moving on to strength training. Others don't want to waste energy but rather focus on lifting then cool down w/aerobics. Unless you're an elite athlete in which your coach will set up your regimen. Don't forget healthy nutrition, too!

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