Cardiovascular exercise and strength training are viewed as opposites in physical culture. Indeed, it is often the case that people gravitate to one side or the other and identify fully with what they do best or like best (i.e. I am a runner and I do not need to lift weights). However, that thinking is wrong, in my humble opinion. We all need both cardio and strength training, in order to perform better and age more gracefully.
Many people believe that getting healthy is expensive. Paying for a gym membership. Buying organic foods or grass-fed beef. Vitamins and protein powder. Buying good quality running shoes. And the list goes on. It’s hard to argue with these points, although, they are looking through a short-term lens and I would argue that there is a long-term impact that is important to consider.
A study conducted at Lillehammer University College titled “Physiological elevation of endogenous hormones results in superior strength training adaptation was published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. It’s an interesting study that shows strong evidence that training legs and arms together may provide a strong natural hormonal boost to enhance hypertrophy (muscle gains).