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Doctor insights on: Aerobic Exercise Vs Strength Training

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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Are there any cons to strength training compared to aerobic exercise?

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?

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

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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I want to exercise 6 days a week. How should I exercise so I can stick with it? Cardio, strength training? Should I vary intensity of the exercise on certain days?

I want to exercise 6 days a week.  How should I exercise so I can stick with it?  Cardio, strength training?  Should I vary intensity of the exercise on certain days?

Exercise: The most important aspect of exercise is to find something that you enjoy. That way exercise can be something you look forward to, rather than something you have to do. Ideally, a great exercise routine would combine strength training a 2-3 days per week and cardio 3-4 days per week. Varying the exercise is also great in order to work different muscle groups. ...Read more

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Do you think strength training burns more fat as opposed to cardio during exercise?

Do you think strength training burns more fat as opposed to cardio during exercise?

Real question?: What are you really asking? Both will burn off fat and help you lose calories. Intensity and duration determine how much for each activity, more important is your goal: aerobic exercise strengthens the heart and physical endurance more; strength training improves power, bone health, and lean body mass reserves. Both are essential/help appearance, but obviously one may be more important for you. ...Read more

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Can loose saggy skin on thighs worsen with cardio & strength training exercise in gym? Age 22 female.

Can loose saggy skin on thighs worsen with cardio & strength training exercise in gym? Age 22 female.

Yes and no: Exercise can lead to weight loss, dramatic weight loss can lead to "saggy skin" as you put it. On the other hand, exercises can tend to tone muscles and enlarge muscles which can have the opposite affect. In general exercise is good, and if you have any concerns post exercise you might consider consulting a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a 9.2cm cyst on my ovary. Would it be safe to continue to exercise? I do cardio and strength training.

I have a 9.2cm cyst on my ovary. Would it be safe to continue to exercise? I do cardio and strength training.

Probably okay: A cyst of this size may twist while running or coul even rupture with impact exercises. Low impact work outs, elliptical, stair master , bicycle better than running . Also careful with deep penetration if you are sexually active. ...Read more

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What does exercise really do for a person who has diabetes besides maintain your weight? I do cardio 3x a week and strength training 2x a week.

What does exercise really do for a person who has diabetes besides maintain your weight? I do cardio 3x a week and strength training 2x a week.

Quite a lot: There's a common mantra among physicians that "exercise equals insulin." muscles use glucose to generate energy used to contract, burning glycogen stores, and drawing glucose out of the blood. This allows the body to maintain blood glucose levels without adding insulin. It promotes weight loss, further reducing Insulin resistance. Maintaining normal glucose protects the eyes, kidneys and nerves. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Strength Training (Definition)

Strength training is to improve muscle mass. This can come from lifting weights, yoga, circuit training, etc. It is great at all ages but definitely needed to stop ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Namey
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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