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