The Importance of Building Lean Muscle
By JESS BARRON
If you’re joining us for The 8-Week STRONGER Challenge, press “play” to watch this one-minute motivation video message from celebrity trainer Nicky Holender about why it’s important for both men and women to do strength workouts.
As Nicky explains, building muscle increases your metabolism and this means you burn more calories.
Will you be joining us in the STRONGER Challenge? Why not join our STRONGER Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation?
How to Sign Up for STRONGER and the FREE Meal Plan
1. Are you already a registered MyPlate user? If not, go here to sign up for STRONGER. Once you are signed up, log in to MyPlate and click on the workouts tab to access each day’s workout, and click on the track tab to view the meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and to track what you actually ate. TIP: To view the full recipes in MyPlate, click on the hyperlinked food name, such as Zucchini Veggie Burger.
2. If you are already a registered MyPlate user, log in to MyPlate and make sure you are using the ALL-NEW version of MyPlate. If you are using the old version, you will see a banner that looks like this:
Click on it to go to the new MyPlate. Then click on the workouts tab. On the right hand side of the page, you should see a box that says “Join STRONGER Now.” Select the start date of next Monday (or whenever you want to start), and then check the boxes to receive the meal plan and the daily STRONGER emails. (If you want those options.) Then you press the “Join STRONGER” button. After that, click on the workouts tab to access each day’s workout, and click on the track tab to view the meal plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner and to track what you actually ate.
When you click on the track tab, the meal plan will look like:
To view the full recipes in MyPlate, click on the hyperlinked food name, such as Zucchini Veggie Burger.
Join our STRONGER Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation.
Readers – Are you joining us in the 8-week STRONGER Challenge? What do you think of the STRONGER workouts and the meal plan? Are you having any trouble accessing and using them? Have you ever done a fitness challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our STRONGER Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.
Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer's Market food, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. In the summer of 2012 Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a new fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY, and mixed martial arts. Jess's writing can also be found at Poprocks.com. She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo!