Strength train­ing: what do you know?

South Shore Breaker - - Sports - CON­TRIB­UTED ed­i­tor@southshore­

Are you look­ing to lose weight? Think twice be­fore hit­ting the tread­mill for a sweat-in­duc­ing hour of car­dio.

While steady-state aer­o­bic ex­er­cise does en­hance car­diores­pi­ra­tory fit­ness, it ac­tu­ally has less of an im­pact on body com­po­si­tion than strength train­ing.

What is strength train­ing? Strength train­ing in­volves the pre­cise and con­trolled move­ments of each ma­jor mus­cle group us­ing vary­ing de­grees of re­sis­tance (or weight).

What are the ben­e­fits?

What many peo­ple don’t know is that strength train­ing boosts me­tab­o­lism and helps burn more calo­ries at rest, ul­ti­mately re­duc­ing body fat ( pro­vided a proper diet).

While car­dio ex­pends calo­ries dur­ing ex­er­cise for en­ergy, it doesn’t have the same me­tab­o­lism-en­hanc­ing ef­fect as lift­ing weights.

Beyond burned fat and toned arms, pump­ing iron of­fers an ar­ray of other health ben­e­fits, such as:

• Min­i­miz­ing risk of ill­nesses like os­teo­poro­sis, di­a­betes and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease

• Re­duc­ing stress and anx­i­ety

• Im­prov­ing bal­ance, sta­bil­ity and over­all flex­i­bil­ity

• En­hanc­ing per­for­mance of ev­ery­day tasks (due to im­proved strength and en­durance)

Dis­agree­ments can cause emo­tions to run hot, Scor­pio. It is best if you find a cool-down mea­sure so that prob­lems do not es­ca­late, es­pe­cially this week.

SAGIT­TAR­IUS Nov. 23/Dec. 21 Take a break this week and re­con­nect with some of the fun ac­tiv­i­ties that you used to do to amuse your­self, Sagit­tar­ius. Think like a kid and go to a zoo, aquar­ium or

• Re­duc­ing risk of in­jury

(due to stronger mus­cles, ten­dons and lig­a­ments)

Now, for the best part: all the ben­e­fits of re­sis­tance train­ing can be ob­tained in just two, 30-minute ses­sions per week. The time we


CAPRI­CORN Dec. 22/Jan. 20 Capri­corn, you’re on the cusp of mas­ter­ing a skill you have been hon­ing for a while. Use an op­por­tu­nity this week to cel­e­brate your hard-earned suc­cess.

AQUAR­IUS Jan. 21/Feb. 18 Uti­lize all of the spe­cial skills you de­vote to keep­ing our bod­ies mov­ing will re­ward us with in­creased en­ergy, pro­duc­tiv­ity and years of good health.

If you’re al­ready ac­tive, step up to a new chal­lenge.

have at your dis­posal, Aquar­ius. You just may need ev­ery tool in your arse­nal to get through an up­com­ing project. This work keeps you busy.

PISCES Feb. 19/March 20

You may need to take a trip to be­come fully recharged, Pisces. New ex­pe­ri­ences and new sights can be good for the soul.


Make strength train­ing a cen­tral com­po­nent of your ex­er­cise rou­tine for in­creased en­ergy and op­ti­mal fat burn.

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