We all know how important it is to get outside and exercise.  Most of us sit in school all week long and are guilty of being on our phones for much too longer than we should. Exercise is so important for our health, and most teens aren’t getting enough of it! Staying active will help Chelsea Crockett - Benefits of Cardioyou maintain the performance of your heart and lungs and to burn off extra calories to help you stay fit. The great debate is over which exercise is best for doing just that!

The big question is which exercise is better, cardio or strength?  The answer is both!  Building strong muscles through strength training is so important because muscles burn calories.  Therefore, activating your muscle building boosts your metabolism for longer amounts of time.  Cardio, on top of strength training, burns fat and keeps your heart healthy.

Exercising can be fun and enjoyable especially if you find a friend to do it with.  Bike riding, running, aerobics, and rollerblading are all examples of cardio exercises.  While yoga, free weights, and Pilates are all good strength training activities.  Be sure to include both cardio and strength training in your weekly workouts.  You’ll be pleased with the results and not only your endurance but your mood will be boosted too!

XOXO, Chels