Cardio VS Strength Training
Losing weight and getting fit often results in people going running, swimming, and enduring various other cardiovascular exercises. Many such people believe that doing so will help them get the body they want. However, a proper exercises plan must have both cardio and strength training.
Cariovascular exercise is absolutely needed for weight loss. If your goal is to lose calories, cardio will shed those calories faster than a dog's fur sheds in the summer time (well...sort of). However, even with the pounds lost, your body might not look ideal.
Strength training, on the other hand, doesn't help much with losing weight, but it does help keep the body tight. It helps tone both muscles and skin. There's no point in losing 20 lbs if you're still going to have the flap to remind you.
Therefore, to get a fit body, you need to both lose weight and keep skin and muscles fit. Don't try to lose too much weight at once as your strength training won't be able to keep up as quickly. Remember, keep it all balanced. Have days for cardio, days for strength training, and maybe a day for both!
Strength Training with Hexagon Dumbbells
Before you decide to invest in an expensive home gym system like the bowflex, do know that there are less expensive ways to do strength training. You could, for example, use hexagon dumbbells.
What's better: hexagon dumbbells and round dumbbells?
To be honest, they're both just as effective. They both provide strength and resistance training and, if you have good dumbbells, they both let you adjust weights. The only difference is the shape. Round dumbells are round, so they can roll off if accidentally moved onto other items - or people! Hexagon dumbbells have edges, so they're unlikely to roll off and cause potential accidents.
Also, you can store hexagon dumbbells one on top of another very easily. With round dumbells you'll either need a holder, or you'll only be able to stack 1-2 levels.
Additionally, hexagon dumbbells usually come with a ridged grip so the sweat coming from your hands during workout are less likely to cause slips that may throw your workout off-balance or worse.
Featured Hexagon Dumbbells Set
This budget-friendly set contains various rubber coated hexagon dumbbells which are ideal for anyone with wooden floors. They range from 10-30lbs.
Strength Training Hexagon Dumbbells Shopping Tips
- Buy hexagon dumbbells in various sizes
- Consider getting dumbells coated in anti-corroson materials.
- If you think you might end up dropping your dumbbells onto a crackable floor, get the dumbells that have rubber coating as well.
- If you're a beginner, you might want to use fixed weight dumbbells (which means buying multiple dumbbells of different sizes, but less hassle). However if you plan to do a lot of strength training, you should consider adjustible dumbells that let you put weights on and off so you buy less dumbbells, but that means you have to stop to adjust.
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