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Which is better for you: aerobic exercise or lifting weights?

Which is better for you: aerobic exercise or lifting weights?

Different: As one isn't necessarily better than the other. They serve different purposes and ideally you would incorporate both resistance training along withe aerobic training into your exercise routine. This allows you to reap the most benefits and fits in alignment with the American Heart Associations optimal exercise recommendations. ...Read more

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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Will weight training and aerobic exercise contribute to inflammation and joint pain with sle or will increased strength help?

Will weight training and aerobic exercise contribute to inflammation and joint pain with sle or will increased strength help?

Strike a balance: Arthritis, especially inflammatory type (like lupus or rheumatoid) responds well to moderate exercise. You have to find the right amount for your body. I encourage you to do weights and aerobic exercise but i urge you to get help with it at first. See a physical therapist or sports med trainer and explain your situation. You don't want an injury and you don't want to over do it at first. ...Read more

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Is it better to do aerobic/cardio exercises before or after weight training?

Is it better to do aerobic/cardio exercises before or after weight training?

Depends!: Long cardio workouts will interfere with your weight training. Modest workouts will warm up your muscles and make them less likely to be strained. It depends and is relative. However, weight training first will usually be a shorter workout and is less likely to interfere with your cardio workout! ...Read more

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I was exercising 3-5 days a week aerobic/weight training. It's been about a year started back doing 30 mins. How long before I can do my 60 mins?

I was exercising 3-5 days a week aerobic/weight training. It's been about a year started back doing 30 mins. How long before I can do my 60 mins?

Varies: Varies somewhat based upon your overall condition and the intensity of your workouts. It would seem reasonable if you were currently tolerating your current workouts to gradually increase to 60 minutes over 4-6 weeks and if you have no troule continue at that level. The key is gradual. ...Read more

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Should I do weight training with a bad back or just stick to aerobic exercises?

Should I do weight training with a bad back or just stick to aerobic exercises?

Not enough info: I am sorry but that is an impossible question to answer in specifics without the radiology reports and a physical examination. Physical therapists, i would bet, would be able to come up with weight training and muscle training that may actually help the back rather than hurt it further. ...Read more

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I do weight training for 1h then i make for 1h aerobic or some some times kickboxing and judo what's the best snack between this 2h .Its milk, ?

I do weight training for 1h then i make for 1h aerobic or some some times kickboxing and judo what's the best snack between this 2h .Its milk, ?

Keep it light and : Simple with plenty of water along with fruits and/ or nuts. I like to avoid any packaged, processed food. Raisins are a great choice as well.--- easy to carry and store. ...Read more

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How important is aerobic exercise for weight loss and health?

How important is aerobic exercise for weight loss and health?

Very: Weight loss should be from a combination of aerobic conditioning, resistance training and improved nutrition. Changing eating, or eating less can result in wieght loss but you are more likely tokeep the wieght off if youadd exercise to your regimen. ...Read more

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I'm 21 years old girl weight 38 height 5'3''. is it suitable for me to join the gym for aerobic exercise? will it help me in gaining my weight?

I'm 21 years old girl weight 38 height 5'3''. is it suitable for me to join the gym for aerobic exercise? will it help me in gaining my weight?

Muscle building: The gym can be a great place to try various forms of cardiovascular and weight training equipment without purchasing them. Your cardio activity can build endurance. Weight training helps to build muscles and weight much quicker then cardiovascular activity does. Each is beneficial, each has their trade-offs ...Read more

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Which is better for weight loss: aerobic exercise or anaerobic exercise?

Which is better for weight loss: aerobic exercise or anaerobic exercise?

Combo: You cannot perform any anaerobic exercise for very long,so you cannot burn many calories this way. Aerobic exercise can be performed for long periods of time when you are properly trained, and can result in weight loss with proper diet and nutrition. Combination is excellent, though not so much for weight loss as for conditioning.You will rev up your metabolism. Perhaps you meant cardio ?Good Luck ...Read more

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Is it true that weightlifting and sprints are more effective for weight loss in women than aerobic exercise?

Is it true that weightlifting and sprints are more effective for weight loss in women than aerobic exercise?

Not necessarily: High intensity interval training(which entails some sort of sprinting) appears to be more efficient than "standard" aerobic exercise at improving fitness levels and weight loss. In the end, this is like a one size diet fitting all; there isn't one. Remember, bodybuilders when preparing for competitions "cut" weight by adding cardiovascular training not just increasing resistance training. ...Read more

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For weight lifting and aerobic exercise, what type of doctor is an expert? Can personal trainers be trusted for questions on these subjects? Opinions vary about the benefits of off days, overloading muscles, and overtraining thresholds.

A sports medicine : Doc or physiatrist is probably the best resource. Trainers are unfortunately variably trained and can injure as many as they help. There are some awesome trainers out there but do your due diligence and reasearch their training. ...Read more

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Is it good for a 13 year old boy to exercise (weight training and cardio)?

Is it good for a 13 year old boy to exercise (weight training and cardio)?

Sure, but...: Of course a 13 year old should exercise, and exercise for all of us should contain both "weight" and "cardio". This should not even be considered exercise, but a part of good lifestyle. Now if you are asking about formal, heavy duty weight training, it can be done by age 13 but should be under the supervision of someone used to working with growing teens to avoid overuse which can occur with teens. ...Read more

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36 Male. I have a strong feeling that I need to do Cardio exercises & bit of weight training. But I am not sure what to eat before and after exercise?

36 Male. I have a strong feeling that I need to do Cardio exercises & bit of weight training. But I am not sure what to eat before and after exercise?

Make sure cardio: system is healthy enough for workouts by seeing your doctor first. Then you can eat protein or drink a protein shake 2 hours before and/or 1 hour after workouts. Lots of water. Peace and good health. Remember to cool down when finished workout. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hi I am jaspreet , i workout everyday cardio+weight training, 1) are there any side effects of not doing cool down after exercise?

Hi I am jaspreet , i workout everyday cardio+weight training, 1) are there any side effects of not doing cool down after exercise?

Cool Down: The biggest problem of not doing a cool down is injury. It is always suggested a cool down period after cardio due to higher heart rate. People have been know to become dizzy and fall and sustain an injury. Make sure you stretch after work outs as well. ...Read more

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Can a person with a fast heart beat of (90bpm) do cardio exercise and weight training? Does it make it worse the situation?

Can a person with a fast heart beat of (90bpm) do cardio exercise and weight training? Does it make it worse the situation?

No, You can exercise: A heart rate less than 100 is normal. If you're not in shape, and want to get there, do the exercise. It might help the rate go down when you're at rest. ...Read more

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What exercise should be avoided by people with RVH? I usually do weight training, cardio, yoga, swimming & muaythai. Is it safe? Im addicted to sports

What exercise should be avoided by people with RVH? I usually do weight training, cardio, yoga, swimming & muaythai. Is it safe? Im addicted to sports

EKG or Echo?: You obviously have some cardiac issues but apparently are on medications to control rate. Is the RVH a finding from an EKG only or is it from Echo cardiogram? If diagnosis is from Echo then I would be more considered. Regardless, talk to your cardiologist (or consult with one) about this. You should determine WHY you have RVH, and how severe, before deciding limitations. ...Read more

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I had surgery for my inguinal hernia on april 30th 2015 and was wondering when will i be able to exercise in terms of lifting weights and cardio?

I had surgery for my inguinal hernia on april 30th 2015 and was wondering when will i be able to exercise in terms of lifting weights and cardio?

Depend on how?: depend on how your hernia was repaired first with screen or without screen second it was done open or laproscopic surgery third was it a recurrent hernia or a first time hernia fourth what kind of inguinal hernia,direct,indirect,femoral. without knowing details i will say you need 2-3 month before you start any physical fitness. the final word is from your surgeons they will tell you when and how. ...Read more

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I exercise 6 days per week including weight training and cardio. I'm on a high protein diet and my blood work just came back with creatinine levels of 1.2. Should this be of concern?

Creatinine 1.2: You should have no worries with your serum creatinine of 1.2 at your age. Due to your exercise routine, you should have a large amount of muscle mass, so any concerns you may have about your creatinine level are unfounded. ...Read more

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EKG fine. Neck tired at base, sides tighten so bad, hard to swallow when lifting weights but cardio exercise no pain. ENT clear, Who should I see? Y?

EKG fine. Neck tired at base, sides tighten so bad, hard to swallow when lifting weights but cardio exercise no pain. ENT clear, Who should I see? Y?

Nutrition ROM neck: I agree that stress is probably contributing to your neck pain. 1) Drink 2 l of water daily 2) find a magnesium rich food list on the internet --> 400 mg/d. 3) stretch neck muscles in all directions(12 reps) 4x/d for 3 months. If your difficulty swallowing persist after 2 weeks of inc hydration and inc magnesium intake, see your PCP ...Read more

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Is aerobic exercise effective?

Is aerobic exercise effective?

Yes: Regular aerobic activity such as walking, bicycling or swimming can help you live longer and healthier. During aerobic activity you repeatedly move large muscles causing you to breath faster and more deeply. This maximizes the oxygen in your blood helping carry nutrients to the tissues and waste products out. If done properly aerobic activity can increase endurance and overall well being. ...Read more

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Is walking a good aerobic exercise?

Is walking a good aerobic exercise?

Yes: It is a great place to start. A brisk walk for 45-60 minutes on a regular basis will greatly enhance your weight loss and overall fitness and cardiovascular health. ...Read more

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Is aerobic exercise better than HIIT?

Is aerobic exercise better than HIIT?

Different: High intensity interval training is very efficient and serves to also improve your aerobic potential, but realize, due to the vigorous nature of HIIT, you may more readily succumb to overtraining if this your only training technique. In an ideal world your training would include various techniques including HIIT and steady state(aerobic) training. ...Read more

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How does aerobic exercise impact cholesterol levels?

How does aerobic exercise impact cholesterol levels?

Depends on how much: And your genetic predispositions but on the high end, with regular intense exercise, you could decrease your LDL(bad cholesterol) by up to 15% and increase your HDL(good cholesterol) by up to 20%. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the best aerobic exercise i can do to take care of my spine?

What is the best aerobic exercise i can do to take care of my spine?

Whatever you find : Most comfortable and enjoyable with cross training recommended to avoid overuse injuries. Swimming, biking, walking, jogging along with the use of various gym equipment except possibly a rowing machine. In addition, stretching routinely and core strengthening exercises should be part of your routine. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between aerobic exercise and strength training?

What is the difference between aerobic exercise and strength training?

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. ...Read more

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

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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! ...Read more

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What type of aerobic exercise involves sustaining one exercise intensity for several minutes?

What type of aerobic exercise involves sustaining one exercise intensity for several minutes?

Ex. Bike: Try a spin class if you are looking to sustain a specific aerobic exersise (targets the quads). ...Read more

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Does aerobic exercise suppress appetite?

Does aerobic exercise suppress appetite?

Acutely, yes!: However, this is do to shunting the blood from the GI track! Later appetite is normal. Frequent bursts of aerobic activity raise metabolic rfate more than\one long session! ...Read more

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What is the main difference between cardio and aerobic exercise?

What is the main difference between cardio and aerobic exercise?

No difference: For all intents and purposes, aerobic and ' cardio' are equivalent . Running swimming , elliptical , bicycling etc. are all exerdises when done for 30 min / day 5 days a week wil increase your aerobic capacity and cardiovascular fitness. Get started... Best of Luck! ...Read more

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How do cardiovascular and aerobic exercise differ?

Ecxercise: Aerobic exercise (also known as cardio) is physical exercise of relatively low intensity that depends primarily on the aerobic energy-generating process. ...Read more

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Which is the best aerobic exercise: swimming or running?

Not necessarily a: "best" type of issue. Each form of exercise has it's advantages and disadvantages. Swimming is more of a full body workout and lower impact on the joints. But remember because it's lower impact, it has less of an effect as running at stimulating bone density. In the end, both are good forms of exercise, and in an ideal world it's good to involve variety in your exercise routine. ...Read more

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Does aerobic exercise decrease the levels of etg in the urine?

Maybe minimally: It sounds like you are asking if aerobic exercise decreases the level of alcohol in the urine. Exercise may increase your metabolic rate and slightly speed up metabolism of alcohol, but generally the only way to decrease levels is time. ...Read more

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Weight Training (Definition)

This is an exercise program focusing on strength training via use of resistance. The weights used can be barbells, dumb bells, track machines with ...Read more


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Aerobic Exercise (Definition)

The benefits of aerobic exercise are powerful. Get moving, raise your heart rate, work up a sweat and feel energized for the rest of the ...Read more