Work Some Strength in With Your Cardio

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If you haven’t already started, join the fitness trend now. Many people are grabbing their walking shoes and walking for fitness and fun. They are finding that a half hour of aerobic exercise 5 days a week (or a total of 150 minutes of exercise per week) is not as hard as it sounds.

Fitness isn’t just about aerobic exercise, though.  A well-rounded exercise routine also includes balance, flexibility, and strength training.

Also called resistance training, strength training builds muscle strength and endurance. Your training schedule might look like this:

  • Work all major muscle groups at least twice per week.
  • Allow 48 hours of recovery time between training sessions.
  • If you train 3 or more days per week, train every other day or train different muscle groups each day.

If you want to train 3 or more days per week, it is best to train all muscle groups every other day. Or you can work your upper body one day and your lower body the next day. Just be sure that the muscles you work one day have 48 hours of rest before you work them again.  This lets your muscles recover properly between workouts and helps prevent overtraining and injury.