In the 1980s and 1990s aerobics were, like, all the rage. However, strapping on a headband and color-coordinated workout clothes isn't always enough to break a sweat. (Sorry, Jane Fonda.) Now we know that it's not just only about cardio; you also need to build more muscle by incorporating some old-fashioned strength training.
Why You Need Strength Training
Cardiovascular activity is important to your healthy lifestyle, but don't be afraid of a little lifting. Here's a fact that often gets overlooked: Muscle burns fat. Many women avoid weightlifting because they're afraid of bulking up or developing too much. Stop fearing the weights, ladies!
Getting big and bulky doesn't happen as a result of moderate lifting. It requires a serious training regimen and an aggressive nutritional plan. Regardless of gender, moderate weight training, in conjunction with a healthy diet, can help you build strength and sculpt lean muscle mass for a fit and toned body.
7 Benefits of Weight Training Most People Don't Know About
- Enhanced performance, especially for athletes
- Improved metabolism for fat burning
- Increased bone strength and density, which helps fight osteoporosis
- Better core strength to prevent back pain and other injuries
- Superior balance, thanks to stronger stabilizer muscles
- Overall health (lowered risk for diabetes, improved heart health)
- Reduced symptoms of depression
Whether using free weights at home or circuit training your new, healthy body at the gym, make sure you're including some kind of strength training. Don't be afraid to try a few different methods to see which one works best for you. Strength training makes you STRONG!
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Why the MyPlate Calorie Tracker Helps You Lose Weight
Documenting your food and activity might seem like overkill, but it’s not. People who track their calories and physical activities enjoy greater success losing weight and keeping it off for good!
Tracking everything honestly is essential to making the 30-Day Slim Down Challenge work for you. Sometimes you’re not even aware of everything you consume, but once you start tracking it you’ll think twice before you make poor choices. And that’s a good thing.
- Daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks
- Exercise and activity
- BMI (Body Mass Index)
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