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What is the difference between aerobic and strength training exercise?

Dr. Mike Clark, DPT
Fitness
Aerobic exercises (bike, treadmill, elliptical, jogging, swimming) are exercises that if done for 20 minutes or more improve your heart health. Strength training exercises are exercises that utilize external resistance (machines, dumbbells, cables, tubing) or your body weight (push-ups, lunges) for 8-12 repetitions and improve your muscle and bone health.

Aerobic exercise stresses the cardiorespiratory (heart and lungs) system, whereas strength training places emphasis on the musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, joints) system. Each should be performed as part of a comprehensive fitness program.

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