Strength training can increase your overall strength, tone your muscles and boost your bone density. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends muscle strengthening activities atleast twice a week. A single set of 12 repetitions for each muscle group may be enough to maintain your strength. You can increase the number of sets to increase your muscle mass. It’s important to allow your body time to recover between workouts, by resting a day or two between strength training sessions. For strength training sessions, warm up by moving and stretching the areas you plan to target. For example, walk briskly for a few minutes to get your body moving. Then dynamically stretch your arms before bicep curls or your hamstrings before leg presses.
Cooling down after an intense workout is crucial. It helps your heart rate and body temperature gradually return to normal. Stretching can help prevent the buildup of lactic acid and may help reduce muscle stiffness and cramping after exercise. Cardio burns more calories during workout while strength training session burns more after the workout. A combination of cardio and weight training helps you to lose weight and stay fit.
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