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I HATE CAR­DIO. IS STRENGTH TRAIN­ING ENOUGH FOR A HEALTHY HEART?

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Smash­ing your squat rack PB makes you come over all su­per­hero, while trail­ing red­faced and pant­ing at the back of your run­ning group, well, less so. Good news: re­sis­tance train­ing is ticker friendly, and in more ways than one. Mus­cle reps, par­tic­u­larly high­in­ten­sity strength train­ing (read: us­ing heavy weights that leave you fa­tigued), in­crease your heart rate, thereby im­prov­ing your aer­o­bic fit­ness. “Lift­ing heavy weights vig­or­ously can im­prove your heart-rate re­cov­ery, lower your blood pres­sure and en­hance blood ves­sel and artery func­tion,” says physiologist Dr Cas­san­dra Forsythe. How to know when you’re train­ing in the zone? Make sure your dumb­bells are heav­ier than your shop­ping bags, avoid rest­ing for more than a minute be­tween sets and train for at least 30 mins at a time.

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