Should you lift weights or do aerobics?
This question has gone back and forth over the years. The current health fashion is to bash aerobic exercise.
Here’s some recent headlines:
- “Endurance Training Is Bad For Your Heart”
- “Why Steady State Cardio For Fat Loss Is A Bad Decision”
- “EXCESSIVE AEROBIC EXERCISE – THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS”
So are aerobics bad? Are weights better? Is cross-training best?
Assuming your goals are being lean, mentally sharp, and having a long lifespan, you’re best doing both aerobic and strength activities.
A recent study suggested that the fears of overtraining are probably not applicable to most of us. After a review of many high quality studies in English, researchers found that a minimum of 45 minutes was needed to see benefits to brain function.
Participants who did a combination of activities did better than those who favored one over the other. How many days per week is best? The more the better.
An ideal schedule would be aerobic activities like walking, hiking, or cycling most days and strength training like weights or calisthenics 1-3 days per week.
HIIT workouts are great if you don’t have time for a full workout, but we don’t know for sure if they will help longevity and brain health as much.
If you are adrenals are compromised, you may need to take it more slowly your first few months. It shouldn’t take more than 3 months to have your adrenals healed or nearly recovered. If it is seeming to take longer – get some more help.
To Your Health,