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“I am 5 ft. 5 in., 19 years old, and around 140 pounds and I was told that I shouldn't be doing strength exercises and that I should only being doing cardio/aerobic exercises. What do you think?”

That’s ridiculous. I’m shorter than you, have always weighed about the same, and I’ve done strength-training for years. Unless your doctor told you to avoid them due to a muscle issue, I’d ignore the people telling you that. For some reason, there’s the myth that’s always going around that you should “do cardio until you lose weight, then do strength-training,” which is absolute nonsense. Strength-training is not only great for your health, it also helps you lose weight. Building muscle means your body burns more calories at rest, and muscle is much more dense than fat, so you appear smaller at the same weight.

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  1. sweetsrecovery said: Do the strength training. It’s so much better than cardio. That’s what I do. I only lift. Best of luck :)
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