Weight Training for Weight Loss
The two main reasons I hear why women avoid weight training are:
- I don’t want to bulk up!
- I’m comfortable on the treadmill- It’s what I know how to do!
It’s a new year, and it’s time to break out of your comfort zone and step into the world of weight training. Yes, cardio is an important factor for weight loss and there are many benefits for sweating it out on the treadmill or stationary bike, but don’t put your eggs all in one basket.
Resistance training will help you melt fat faster and give your muscles the shape and tone that you desire. Here are three reasons you should pick up the dumbbells and add resistance training into your workouts.
- Burn more calories and fat- This goes back to the excuse that many women have of , “I don’t want to bulk up!” The fact to know here is: MUSCLE BURNS FAT. The more muscle you have on your body, the more fat you will burn. Also, your muscles are an active tissue that are constantly renewing and repairing themselves after a workout. All of this energy your muscles use to repair (even when you are sitting down watching TV) are burning fat!!
- Reshape your body- As cardio is a beneficial way to drop some pounds, you are losing both fat and muscle in the process, which will result in just a smaller version of your current self. With weight training, you are more likely to lose solely body fat. You will be gaining muscle, toning and shaping the natural curves of your body.
- Strengthens bones and muscles- – Maintaining peak bone mass is important in terms of keeping your bones healthy and steering clear of osteoporosis. New bone formation (remodeling) occurs when stress is placed on our musculoskeletal system. People need to remain active enough to maintain consistent bone remodeling. Also, it has been demonstrated that individuals who participate in resistance training have higher bone mineral density than those who do not. As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass, so incorporating a resistance training regimen can help slow down age-related muscle loss.
So get ready, and break free from your mentality that cardio is the only road to fat loss and that lifting weights will make you look like the Incredible Hulk!
If you have any questions, or would like help in creating a workout plan for weight training, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!