Physical Health

Q. What exercises are good for losing weight that isn’t cardio?

A. Cardio is any exercise that raises your heart rate. Typically people think of cardio as running or jogging, but cardio doesn’t have to be all work, it can be fun too. It’s all about finding out what works for you. There are four main alternatives to running that are still cardio. They include the elliptical, cycling, swimming and rowing. You can also participate in dance class, take up kick-boxing, jump rope, or walk at a brisk pace (speed walk).

There are several opportunities for you to engage in these types of activities through out the city. You can visit your local YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, or NYC Parks Recreational Center to find out more.

An alternative to cardio would be weight lifting or strength training. This requires that your body activate certain groups of muscle in order to work against the extra weight that you are lifting. You can use free weights (barbells, dumbbells, and hand-weights) and or weight machines. In addition to using these machines you can also use a resistance band or your own body weight to build muscle (such as push-ups, sit-ups, or squats).

Each type of exercise has its benefits and both are important to maintain good health. Cardio provides oxygen to your muscles so that work more efficiently and strengthens your heart and lungs. Strength training increases the amount of muscle mass in your body by making your muscle work harder than they’re used to .