Benefits of combining running and weight training

I have always combined weight training and running in my exercise schedule but never really realised what benefits it can provide on a cellular level. Research comprised by Robinson et al./Cell Metabolism 2017shows how resistance (weight) training and running can both mutually benefit each other.

As shown in the below figure, running or cardiovascular training is seen to increase a cell’s oxygen capacity through the mitochondria, more than that of resistance training. Resistance training, in comparison, increases muscle mass and strength more than that of cardiovascular training. Therefore when both are used in unison the body benefits from both increased oxygen capacity and strength, making you able to training longer and stronger.

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  • High intensity interval training effectively improved cardio-metabolic health parameters in aging adults. (Image by Robinson et al./Cell Metabolism 2017)


As well as adding cardiovascular and resistance training to your exercise schedule allow God to intervene in everything you do, as He will make you prosper in all things as said in Deuteronomy 30:9:

Then the LORD your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The LORD will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors.

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