Strength Training Benefits: What is Strength Training?
Cardio workouts are extremely popular, but very few people focus on strength training. For general health it is important to strike a balance between cardio workout and strength training. Arnav Sarkar, our strength and conditioning coach from Sarkar Training. net based in Kolkata lists out the importance of strength training and why it should compliment your cardio workout.
“Even though you maybe in decent shape right now, making sure that you do not get out of shape, ever, should be kept in mind. For this of course your diet will play a vital role too, as will keeping stress levels in check,” says Arnav.
Regarding cardio workout, Arnav explains, “Even though the benefits of cardio training are at times exaggerated, it cannot be denied that for overall health purposes, some amount of cardio training is a must. Having said that, it does not have to be long, slow and painfully boring cardio, you have a lot more interesting options that require much lesser time. Good examples being bodyweight finishers, kettlebell swings, etc.”
“While in the 80’s we were told how doing only cardio is sufficient and the be all and end all for fitness, in reality overall fitness requires a lot more than that,” says Arnav. “And strength training is an important part of it. Without muscular strength your chances of injuries in day to day activities are greater, and simple activities tire you faster as you will be weak. Plus, let’s not forget about joint and bone health and density, which are maintained by regular strength training.”
It is commonly suggested to practice cardio and strength training on alternative days for a healthy body.
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