Which is better, lifting weights or taking a fitness class? Well, I can take both sides on this one!! Weight training is a great exercise for the body and can help prevent so many injuries and future problems. Lifting weights has been proven to increase muscular strength and endurance, improve body composition and heart strength, increase bone density, improve flexibility and mobility, and improves sleep and energy levels as well. Lifting weights can also improve posture and postural imbalances.
Fitness classes, as in step aerobics or body pump, are also a great workout for the entire body. These classes are a great way to meet new people with common goals and interests and a great way to keep from becoming bored with your exercise. Fitness classes help increase your heart rate, which in turn, burns calories and sheds the inches. Some benefits consist of improving body composition, increasing muscle endurance, increasing heart strength, improving energy levels, and reducing stress levels. These are just a few of the benefits that you may experience while participating in fitness classes.
While weight training mainly focuses on isolating specific muscles groups, fitness classes usually focus on the entire body as a whole. I’m talking most, but not all. I recommend incorporating both into your workout regimens and getting the best of both worlds.
December 22nd, 2008