The Best Way to Get Lean
If you think strength training is just for men trying to “get huge” in the gym, then think again. The benefits of strength training have been proven across virtually all age groups, body types and fitness levels. And what’s more, studies have shown that strength training does so much more than just tone your muscles and make you look better.
Here are a few other reasons why you should incorporate strength training into your workout routine:
- Strength training changes your body composition. When it comes to which exercises are most effective for burning fat, strength training ranks the highest. Unlike cardio which works wonderfully for burning calories, building endurance and improving your heart and lung health, over time strength training will actually change what your body is made of. As you strengthen your muscles, your metabolism gets stronger as well. You will burn more calories throughout the day and not just when you’re working out. The result is your body will have less fat and more lean muscle.
- Strength training makes your bones stronger. An article posted in the Harvard University Medical Journal describes how strength training can slow down and sometimes reverse the bone loss that naturally occurs with aging. The stress of strength training on your bones actually activates your body’s bone-forming cells. That means over time a consistent strength training routine will actually give you stronger, denser bones and reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
- Strength training makes you taller! If your muscles are weak and flabby, chances are your posture is weak too. Weight training exercises that work your back, shoulders, neck and hips will give you better posture so you’ll sit straighter and stand taller.
- Strength training helps you lose weight and keep it off. A University of Alabama study of women who had lost weight showed that those who incorporated weight training into their fitness routines three times a week were more successful at maintaining their weight loss than those who did not.
- Strength training preserves your muscles too. Did you know that as you get older, your body fat percentage naturally increases? This is as a result of your muscles diminishing. Weight training can prevent and counteract this by replacing and enhancing the lean muscle you would otherwise lose to fat.
Our advice at Synergy Personal Fitness Training is this. Don’t shy away from weight training because you’re intimidated or worried about bulking up. The benefits you’ll realize from making strength training a regular part of your fitness routine are huge. And we believe Synergy is just the place to help you put it all together.