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Which is Better for Fitness: Cardio or Strength Training?

posted: 05/09/16
by: Ashley Lauretta
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You're short on time but still want to make sure that you get a workout in. You ask yourself, If only have time for cardio or strength training -- which one do I do?

"If you have 30 minutes, you can do both," says Kyle Golden, a certified fitness trainer and founder of Work It Personal Training in Austin, Texas. "Combining intervals of short bursts of cardio with body-weight strength exercise can be an awesome workout if you are short on time."

Even better news? You don't need any equipment to do it! Just head outside and build muscle while burning calories. Building your workout is simple: Choose six body weight exercise, three that target your legs and three that target your upper body. Between sets, get your heart pumping with some cardio exercise.

"For leg exercises, you can choose from things such as lunges, squats, calf raises and glute bridges," explains Golden. "Examples of upper body exercises are pushups, tricep bench dips, pull-ups and bar rows. And cardio? You can try sprinting, jumping jacks, jump squats, jogging in place, jump rope; basically anything that you can perform for at least 2 minutes that will get your heartrate up."

Build your 30-minute workout as follows:

  • 5 minutes cardio
  • 5 minutes leg/upper body exercises (3 sets of 10 each)
  • 5 minutes cardio
  • 5 minutes leg/upper body exercises (3 sets of 10 each)
  • 5 minutes cardio
  • 5 minutes leg/upper body exercises (3 sets of 10 each)
  • Cool down

This interval workout is great because of the flexibility it offers. You can choose different exercises each time you do it to keep the workout fresh and work different muscles. Because you can do cardio such as jumping jacks, jumping squats and jogging in place indoors, you can easily do this workout early in the morning before the kids wake up or late at night before to eliminate excuses.

A workout you can do anywhere in less time than most TV shows? It's possible.