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Cardio Burns Fat, but Does It Make You Stronger? It Depends on This, According to an Expert

POPSUGAR.com reports cardio is effective for burning fat and can improve your strength, however it won’t necessarily help you build muscle.

POPSUGAR.com spoke to Jason Machowsky RD, CSSD, RCEP, CSCS, exercise physiologist at HSS, who explained cardio can improve your strength if you’re doing a cardio activity you aren’t strong in and the movements are new to your muscles. “Let's say, for example, rowing. For some people, maybe they don't train their upper body very much, so rowing ends up being a pretty significant load on their upper-body muscles because they're just not used to it,” cited Machowsky. Machowsky added, “[For] most people who are generally active, you're not really getting as much as a strength gain from cardio versus doing resistance training.”

If you're looking to lose weight, Machowsky advised doing resistance training a couple of days a week as part of your weight-loss effort, "to make sure that you try to retain your muscle as best as you can as you're losing weight.”

Read the full article at POPSUGAR.com.