1. Maintaining Lean Muscle Mass
2. Increasing Your Metabolism
3. Keeping You Happy
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they are trying to lose weight is focusing only on how much weight is lost. The wrong kind of weight loss, specifically muscle, can make it very difficult to keep the weight off. One pound of muscle has the ability to burn up to 10-50 calories a day, no one really knows but it is somewhere between 10 and 50 calories a day. We will shoot high to make our point, if you lose 10 pounds of muscle the result will be a decrease of your metabolism by as much as 500 calories a day. Exercise has the ability to stop muscle loss and possibly increase muscle mass while losing body fat. Strength training is the best kind of exercise for maintaining muscle mass.
We have established that the more muscle you have the higher your metabolism. Exercise also can raise your metabolism for up to 48 hours after your workout, this phenomenon has been defined as the afterburn effect. Long cardio workouts don’t create an afterburn effect. Burning more calories while exercising, burning more calories after exercising, and burning more calories from the muscle maintained and created by exercising gives you an increased advantage in dropping the pounds.
Lastly, you will feel tons better if you exercise because it releases endorphins along with other important hormones.