When most people hear the words strength training, they picture big bulky guys throwing around weights.
While strength training is important for bodybuilders and other athletes, it is equally important for the rest of us.
Strength training is one of the 3 important keys of overall fitness (the other two being flexibility and endurance). Aiming to balance and improve on each of these 3 aspects of fitness should be a lifetime goal for all of us in order to live a long and healthy life.
In today’s article, we are going to look at the benefits of strength training and how it can help you achieve your weight loss goals.
1. Maintain Lean Muscle Mass
For individuals trying to lose weight, the first and most critical factor is lean muscle mass maintenance. When most people go on a diet they totally forget to incorporate strength training in their weight loss program, which can affect their body composition in an extremely negative way.
What most people do not realize when going on a diet is that they are not only loosing body fat, but also lean muscle. This can potentially put your body in a more unhealthy state than before you started your diet and will leave you feeling weak.
By incorporating strength training into your weight loss program, you can prevent this breakdown of muscle mass. By regularly stimulating muscle cells with strength training and allowing for proper recovery, new muscle cells will allow for muscle loss reversal.
As opposed to your body becoming weak during your weight loss program, you will find that you will actually become stronger and more able to complete daily tasks.
2. Burn Calories
Strength training is a great way to burn extra calories. Because of the increased amount of stress your body is experiencing during strength training, extra calories are needed in order to get the work done.
Every time you exert your body to lift up a weight, you are burning more calories than you would be while sitting on the couch. Let that be your motivation next time you find yourself debating whether or not you should work out!
3. Raise Your Metabolism
In addition to burning calories, strength training has been shown to raise metabolism for up to 39 hours after your workout. What this means is that for up to 39 hours after strength training your body is burning more calories than it normally would had you not participated in strength training exercises. In other words, this news is incredible for those looking to lose weight.
Because of this increased state of metabolism, your body is burning more calories than normal. Since weight loss can be achieved by burning more calories than you take in during the day, this can significantly help you out on your way toward your weight loss goals.
So, if you have not already incorporated strength training into your weight loss program, there is no better time than now while the benefits of strength training are fresh on your mind.
If you don’t know where to start, our IdealShape Up Challenge program offers daily workouts that include a variety of strength training movements. Check it out and get started today!