SCHS students vary in their choices between cardio or weightlifting for exercise


Melina Kritikopoulos

Most students choose either cardio or weightlifting to get moving.

Generally, most set a specific goal but have different ways of achieving them. Cardio and weightlifting are two main choices when it comes to making physical changes to one’s body.

There have been many studies and online articles, such as in Men’s Health, LiveStrong and Healthline, stating that the human body can benefit from any physical activity, some activities more than others. Different changes occur in the body depending on the activity.

According to a Healthline article, cardio is known to help increase cardiovascular health, improve the immune system and slim down the body because of the calories burned during the workout, but there are downsides. Cardio can cause fatigue, injuries and joint pain that can last a significant amount of time, which are caused by the impact and intensity of movements during a cardio session.

Former SCHS junior Pascal Slapp has used cardio for two years to stay happy and healthy.

“I took some stuff from cross country and track practice and improvised the rest,” Slapp said. “I prefer cardio because it’s more fun and it’s not always the same like weightlifting.”

Weightlifting also has its ups and downs according to Men’s Health. Larger muscle mass increases the number of calories burned during rest, which helps with long-term fat loss. Weightlifting can improve overall performance and develop the growth of skeletal muscle. There is a risk for people with high blood pressure because weightlifting can temporarily spike blood sugar. Proper technique is important or else more harm is done than good.

Senior Max Orellana prefers weightlifting and uses it to improve his performance.

“I prefer lifting,” Orellana said. “It not only makes you fit and stronger, but it makes you feel good about yourself. Just working hard and seeing results makes you proud.”

Throughout high school, Orellana has used weightlifting to focus on certain muscle groups and enhance performance.

Cardio, however, can be completed anywhere.

Senior Kallie Rose usually does a mix of both weightlifting and cardio but ends up doing a variety of cardio.

“I believe that cardio is most attainable because you don’t need a gym to do cardio, and you could just go outside and do your workout and use home equipment if necessary,” Rose said.

Both activities have their pros and cons but it all depends on personal goals.

“I personally prefer cardio more over weightlifting, but I do switch it up and hit the weights, or I do a mix of both,” Rose said.