Strength training: what do you know?
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)
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• 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
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Make strength training a central component of your exercise routine for increased energy and optimal fat burn.