Do you ever wonder why cardio runs, whether on the treadmill or jogging 5 days a week, are not giving you the results you want? What a lot of people don’t realize is that the solution to get results is to burn that body fat by adding strength training exercises like lifting weights and even using your own body weight.
Strength training not only adds muscle, it is also an effective calorie burner compared to exercises like jogging. With more muscle, you have greater calorie expenditure even when your body is at rest. Too much cardio actually causes you to lose muscle. This in turn slows down your metabolism, making it actually harder to lose fat and easier to gain weight once you eat more again.
Other Benefits from Strength Training
- Sleep! Strength training can improve your quality of sleep. It will help aid in your ability to fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and wake less often during the night.
- Bone Health. Adding strength training to your routine at least twice a week will also help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. As you age, you are at risk of losing both bone and muscle mass. Strength training is an excellent way to help maintain or increase bone mass.
- Increased energy. By making you stronger and increasing your endurance, you are giving your body more usable energy.
- Heart health. When doing moderate intensity strength training you elevate you heart rate at the same time as engaging muscles. You get double duty benefits.
- Reduced stress! Strength training puts strain on your muscles which releases stress relieving endorphins.
Over the years, I have been able to reach weight loss goals from strength training workouts. It’s more efficient and easier then most people realize and believe it or not it requires less of a commitment.
Cardio workouts are highly repetitive and time consuming and can cause common repetitive injuries. Before becoming a personal trainer, I decided to hire a trainer myself to reach my goals and I wanted to be sure whatever exercises being performed, especially when it came to strength training, was done safe and precisely.
I have learned how important it is to keep my workouts balanced through cardio, strength training and stretching. On occasion, I still keep challenged with the support of another trainer helping me to get through it.
There are other benefits to keeping your bones strong and getting lean muscle.
Now what’s stopping you from adding strength training to your exercise program? Contact us for your fitness assessment today!
By: Floriana Tetford