Which should be longer, cardio or strength training?

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2012/05/01 14:13:45 (permalink)

Which should be longer, cardio or strength training?

For example: Can I do a cardio video for 30 minutes one day and a strength training video for 60 minutes the next day and vice versa?
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    Alice Kathleen
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    Re:Which should be longer, cardio or strength training? 2012/05/02 07:46:38 (permalink)
    I would say, depends on your body and your goals!   I have worked out for almost 30 years, and I spend more time on strength than cardio.   That is because I want to work as many muscles asI can,  not just biceps and shoulders, for example!   I do the minimum cardio several days a week, but when I work with weights,  I don't even look at the clock.   I count Pilates and swimming as strength training also, along with free weights.   My goal is to have a strong, muscular body with good muscle definition.   You may have other goals.   Some folks are more interested in their cardio vascular fitness.  Best, AK
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    Re:Which should be longer, cardio or strength training? 2012/05/02 09:00:02 (permalink)
    AK is right - it depends on your goals; but do remember that although you can't "see" heart / lung health, you may be glad of it someday...D
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    Re:Which should be longer, cardio or strength training? 2012/05/04 12:58:42 (permalink)
    Yeah,  I was thinking that it also depends on your body type and age.   I am a mesomorph, so can get pumped up easily and quickly.   As we age,  adding another session of cardio is not a bad idea.  Remember,  it's really more about WHAT you do in the time  (intensity,  focus, effective routines) than the length per se.   Some videos waste too much time (to me) talking or explaining.   I just want to cut to the chase.
    post edited by Alice Kathleen - 2012/05/06 11:43:33
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    Re:Which should be longer, cardio or strength training? 2012/05/04 13:12:01 (permalink)
    I agree with AK and EM on all points.

    Also, weight lifting tends to be at a slower pace, so while you're working out for the same length of time, you might get more bang for your buck while doing cardio just because (i.e. Chalean), it tends to be fast-paced.

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    Re:Which should be longer, cardio or strength training? 2012/05/04 19:30:07 (permalink)
    There is an interesting article in the New York Times about the benfits of doing cardio and weights together.

    It's on the wellness blog.
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