Hey it’s Rae…. I know that interval training and cardio are all the rage and they will get you results, but like anything else in life, moderation and variety are the key to keeping your workouts fresh and effective. A workout routine based on all cardio and without resistance training is not complete; lifting will tone you up and have you looking better in and out of your clothes! Here are three other health benefits that it provides…..
-Muscle Burns More Calories than Fat
It is a proven fact that your metabolic rate increases as your lean body mass increases. So what does that mean to you? It means that you are going to burn more calories even if you are sitting still!! Studies have confirmed that 10 pounds of muscle will burn 50 calories in a day even if you’re sedentary, that same 10 pounds of fat will only burn 20. I don’t know about you, but I like benefits that don’t feel like work and this sounds like a pretty good one.
-Lifting Weights Increases Bone Density
You have heard the tagline that “Milk Does a Body Good” because of the calcium that helps maintain bone health, well weight lifting does too. The act of consistently lifting weights produces higher levels of osteocalcin, a blood marker indicating that your body is making more bone material. Think of yourself as your own bone density factory….
-Protect Your Muscles from Heavy Cardio Training
Cardio is required for a well-rounded workout, but if you are not watching your target heart rate while you are blowing up the treadmill, you could be going an-aerobic. What is that you ask??? Technically you have become a cannibal as your body attacks your muscle tissue for energy and not your fat deposits. Weight training can help you build that muscle tissue that you might have inadvertently lost during that Starbucks fueled cardio session. BTW, if you don’t know your target heart rate you are not doing your cardio properly!
Adding resistance and weight training to your workout routine does not mean that you have to pump iron like Arnold or become a gym rat, benching 250+…. Unless you are into that kind of working out… then by all means go for it and you know that this article was not written for you. For the rest of us, a moderate resistance training routine typically consists of a high amount of reps with light weights to tone up the muscles and keep your heart rate elevated. This type of activity has both muscle building and cardio benefits, so you can get the best of both worlds. As with any workout routine, you should check with your doctor first to see if weight training is for you. Once you get the green light…. Get into the gym and get some advice and coaching from your Certified Personal Trainer! I hope that this article has motivated you to take a look at weight training and getting into the gym.