Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscle tissues and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement.
Cardio training focuses on movements that get the heart pumping and can be with or without impact, at a low or high intensity, and for longer or shorter periods of time. Examples of cardio exercises include; walking, dancing, cycling, kickboxing, interval training, and step aerobics
Strength training uses various types of resistance to enhance muscular strength and/or endurance. Strength training could involve machines, weights, tubing, medicine balls, etc. - and even your own body weight!
When performed properly, strength training can have significant functional benefits (for performing the functions of daily living), and can improve bone density, metabolism, and cardiac function. Strength training has also been proven to have mental and cognitive benefits, weight-loss benefits, and can also enhance sleep.
Fitness is NOT just about the number on a scale. Nor is the inability to lose weight always just a symptom of over-eating.
Many people have "starved" themselves into a slow metabolism, or have clogged their digestive systems with unhealthy foods and drinks. You can't out-exercise a bad diet!
Successful weight management involves a combination of eating healthily and exercising regularly as a lifestyle - not a one-time event or "diet".
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