“Bodies expend calories to recover after a workout, and weight training tends to require more recovery than cardio training does.
“The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn on an everyday basis because sustaining muscle requires more energy than fat does.
“Put simply, cardio burns more calories, but weight training keeps them burning for longer,” Paul summarised.
So can cardio build muscle? Paul explained: “Though cardio has less impact on muscle gain and metabolism compared to weight training, it does help to build muscle.
“By helping the cardiovascular system to work better and more efficiently, exercise focusing on cardio improves circulation in the muscle, improving stamina and speeding up recovery time – meaning you can work out more often and at higher intensities.
“The key is to balance cardio sessions with strength training, giving muscles time to recover from cardio exercises.”