‘Is It Bad If I Always Skip Cardio In Favor Of Weights?’

Find out if that strength-only plan is smart.

For some people, cardio is just not in the cards. But if you’re strength training and your workout is achieving the goals you want, is it enough for your heart health?

Turns out, yes, if you’re doing it right. Strength training absolutely increases your heart rate, and it is possible to boost your aerobic fitness with it, especially with high-intensity resistance training. Research has shown that lifting heavy weights vigorously can improve your heart-rate recovery (how long it takes for your heart to slow back down—another measure of fitness), decrease your blood pressure, and enhance blood vessel and artery function. (The Slim, Sexy, Strong Workout DVD is the fast, flexible workout you’ve been waiting for!)

Trying to lose weight? Use these 10 strength training moves for ultimate weight loss:

Make sure when you’re lifting that it feels more difficult than activities in your daily life, that you restless than one minute between exercises or sets, and that the whole session lasts at least 30 minutes. Performing two or more moves one after another with minimal or no rest—and doing full-body circuits—improves blood flow and heart-rate recovery the most.

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Women’s Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!



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