I have a question to fire back at you.. why not do both?
Depending on your physique goals, you can choose to work on whatever takes your fancy. Maybe it’s powerlifting, bodybuilding, marathon running, or maybe it’s calisthenics.
When we have a sedentary job (which most of us have) we tend to sit down for long periods of time during the day. Keeping this in mind, it’s therefore essential to implement some incidental exercise to the overall daily mix.
Training for one to 2 hours a day isn’t enough to eliminate disease that’s caused by the seated epidemic. We were made to move a lot, even slower paced or in short sprints. This can therefore suggest that developing a strategic cardio strategy, will serve its purposes for good health and a leaner physique.
7 key benefits of regular activity and exercise in your daily life
- It will help you control your weight for years to come. Strength training boosts metabolism, and also reshapes your physique. An elevated metabolism will help you maintain your weight for years to come. Keep up a regular training schedule, as well as spending time in active recovery, with very light to moderate walking or cycling. Incidental exercise is a key component of your overall calorie expenditure. Make it a priority to
- It will help you combat many health conditions. Exercise helps to maintain insulin sensitivity, improving blood sugar control. It also reduces the risk of developing heart disease and heart function.Resistant training is also therapeutic for those recovering from cancer and other disease. Of course, different exercise strategies would apply to the individual, although, overall, progressing with some form of exercise will help you decrease the severity of your symptoms, and increase your strength.
- Your mood and outlook on life will improve. Training of any sort, makes us feel good, especially when we’ve just completed the workout. Our mood is boosted, we feel awake and ready to take on the world. Training also reduces the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It makes it a lot easier to deal with life’s constant stresses and challenges. I’m known for saying that strength training is ‘my therapy session.’
- You will sleep better, and deeper. In training, the word is always about increasing the duration and quality of sleep. This is so we can get the best results from our training. Exercising regularly improves the quality of sleep, as well as reducing the amount of time it actually does take to fall asleep. Older individuals will receive better sleep benefit from lower intensity exercise. High intensity aerobics has the opposite effect on sleep. This is because it brings stress to the body.
- Strengthens your bones This reduces the risk of injury, and improves joint mobility. When you keep training as you age, the risk of osteoporosis is reduced. Lifting weights is by far, the most effective method for building bone density in men and women as they age.
- Improved brain function, learning and memory. Strength training and cardio both have positive benefits on your brain function. It has been said that too much vigorous exercise does not have the same benefits. Rather, opt for bike rides and walking for increasing creativity and memory. In saying that, don’t give up the vigorous stuff as of yet. A balance of both create an environment to thrive in for years to come
- Protects you from the negative effects of stress. At the end of our chromosomes, we have these little nodes called telomeres. The length of these determine how long our lifespan will be. Exercising regularly, even when you are constantly in highly stressed environments, creates longer telomeres, just because of the regular exercise! The only exception is if you exercise too much and too hard. That has the complete opposite effect. So choose your exercises wisely, and allocate enough active recover in between.