Cardio vs Weights: The Great Debate

In truth, there are benefits to both cardio and weights, and the best choice for you will depend on your preferences, fitness goals, and health and strength levels. Let’s look at each in more detail.

Cardio: The Pros

Cardio, or cardiovascular exercise, refers to exercise that raises your heart rate. It has a number of benefits, including:


Cardio: The Cons

As with any form of exercise, there are also disadvantages to cardio, and it’s important to be aware of these.


Weightlifting: The Pros

Lifting weights is another great way to workout and has grown in popularity in recent years, with both at home and gym workouts available even to new lifters. Some of the main advantages of lifting weights include:


Weightlifting: The Cons

It is important to be aware of the downsides of lifting weights, which can include:


Final Thoughts

Ultimately, a good exercise regime will incorporate both weights and cardio evenly. This is the ideal combination to help you achieve the best possible results, and train your body to be strong, fit, and lean.

Make sure that you’re mixing up your workouts to keep your body challenged and ensure you continue to enjoy gains.













Photo of John Torquato MD John Torquato John Torquato, MD is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician. He has offices in Hayden Idaho and Spokane Washington. His passion is lifestyle medicine with the purpose of finding and correcting the root causes of disease and to bring health, happiness and peace to his patients.

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