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What's a good way to fit in both cardiovascular and strength exercises?

Joan Pagano
Fitness
Aerobic circuit training offers an efficient change of pace for doing both cardio and strength training in one session. In this style of training, you alternate strength training exercises with intervals of cardio exercise, keeping your heart rate elevated throughout the session. To be even more efficient, include some exercises that target multiple muscle groups by working the upper and lower body at the same time (think squats with a biceps curl, plies with a front shoulder raise, front lunges with a lat row, etc). Add cardio intervals of 1-3 minutes, doing calisthenics like jumping jacks, step-ups or jump rope, in between each resistance exercise.
Strength Training Exercises for Women

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Strength Training Exercises for Women

Packed with more than 200 visual step-by-step exercises designed to burn calories, strengthen the core, and tone the body, Strength Training for Women is a must-have for core-conscious women who want to target key areas of their body and maintain all-round strength and fitness.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
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If you're trying to fit in cardiovascular exercise (walking, pedaling your exercise bike, etc.) and strength training, you may have wondered if it's okay to do them both on the same day. Now, doctors from Canada's McMaster University and Sweden's Karolinska Institute have studied this question the correct way: in randomized, double-blind human studies that first put volunteers on a variety of routines and then analyzed their muscles. The result? Cardio and strength routines, when done on the same day, are good and good for you!

Try cardiovascular routines for 21 or more minutes at 80% of your age-adjusted max heart rate followed by strength exercises for 10 to 20 minutes on the same day, three times a week.

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