I've been working out with a mixture of strength training and cardiovascular exercise (and some stretching), and wanted to better assess to what degree the strength training is worth the time and effort.
My exercise goals goals, in order of importance (1 is most important):
- To live long and with a high quality of life (includes cognitive benefits, ability to use my body effectively long term, avoiding medical problems, etc.)
- To feel healthy and have better energy, mood, thinking, body comfort.
- To be able to eat closer to the amount I enjoy without gaining excess fat.
- To have a reasonably good male physique.
Let's say that (1) is more than 50% of my motivation--so I clearly want to the cardiovascular component. Given these priorities, is strength training (pull ups, bench press, preacher curls, tricep push-downs, mostly) really worth the extra time and effort, since they might mostly contribute a little to (3) and mostly to (4)?
Or would people state that strength training is important for (1) and (2) as well, and therefore are worth the extra perhaps 30-40 min in each gym session? Or, would they say that they mainly target (3) and (4), but really, it's not that much time for the benefits to (3) and (4) and therefore it really is worth it?