Mixing hobbies and fitness is beneficial for achieving multiple goals with the least amout of energy. Self-defense classes can be fun and raise your skill level but in and of themselves don’t necessarily increase your fitness. Mixing kickboxing with cardio, stretch and strength training can help in getting in shape while moving through martial art belts quickly. Practicing kicks, blocks, and combinations works well for raising a heart rate. Combining this with squats, jumping jacks, burpees and other fat blasting efforts will get anyone huffing and puffing quickly. All that effort will raise the heart rate and improve fitness levels while having fun. There is a growing body of evidence that interval training has a higher impact on weight loss and health than a consistent heart rate found in activities like jogging (1). Short bursts of energy with interval periods of rests has a high success rate. The cycle is repeated throughout the entire fitness session of 40, 50 or 60 minutes.
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Strength training versus cardiovascular exercises is a debate that takes into consideration weight loss and general health. There are those on one side of the debate and there are those on the other side of the debate. For the person reading through the information bog they may get a little confused. Each has their benefits and merits but focus on two different but overlapping concepts. Any fitness program should consider both of the benefits and adjust accordingly based upon personal goals. Strength training does increase muscle tone and improves upon weight loss. This is beneficial for speed and ability. The calories burned during a rigorous weightlifting program are short-lived and generally subside about an hour after working out. For every three pounds of muscle gained you will lose about 10 lbs. in a year ( 1 ). That is good news for those who want to maintain their weight loss by incorporating such training into their routines. Aerobic exercise is more effici