Understanding the Difference Strength training targets your muscles, improving their mobility and strength, and potentially yielding visible muscle development. Endurance training comes in two forms. Muscular endurance helps your muscles sustain their activity over a long period of time, while cardiovascular endurance is a measure of your ability to keep working when your heart is racing and your breathing is elevated.
Why Strength Matters Strength training isn't just for body builders. Building healthy muscle tissue can help you avoid disorders such as osteoporosis by strengthening your bones and improving bone density. It can also help improve mobility in people who already have arthritis. A Tufts University study, for example, found that regular strength training decreased pain by 43 percent, improved overall muscle function and reduced symptoms of arthritis in patients who already had the disease. Because muscle is more dense than fat, it also requires more energy to sustain. This means that regular strength training can cause your body to burn more calories, helping you lose weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that adults should do strength-based routines at least two days per week. Effective strength training routines work all major muscle groups -- legs, arms, back, chest and shoulders. Stick with weights that are challenging but that aren't painful to lift, and increase weight as you gain strength.
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014 | By Van Thompson @ LivingStrong.com