There are many reasons why you should incorporate weight lifting into your fitness regimen. Weight lifting is not only beneficial when it comes to aesthetics but it also helps ward off disease, relieve stress, and blast away belly fat! You don’t have to hit the gym hard like the hulk to gain the benefits of weight lifting. By incorporating as little as 30 minutes of weight training a day you will be able to lose the weight and keep the muscle! (Something a treadmill can’t offer).
Below is a list of a few of the benefits of incorporating weight training into your fitness regimen!
- Constant calorie burn following training
- For up to 36 hours after your weight training session, your metabolism remains high allowing your body to keep burning calories.
- Long – term metabolic increase
- Weight training allows for the growth of lean muscle mass. Lean muscle is what serves as a fire to burn calories and fat in the body.
- Naturally for women it is more difficult to gain muscle where men can easily gain lean muscle mass allowing them to consume more food.
- Lean muscle boosts your basal metabolic rate (the rate at which you burn calories when lying or sitting still). In other words, the more lean muscle you have on your body the higher this rate will be, resulting in a higher amount of calories to be burned over a 24 hour period.
- Body Re-shaping
- Unlike cardio training, weight training allows you to change the overall look of your body.
- Cardio will help you lose weight but it will be a combo of a loss in fat AND muscle. You will lose weight but you will also lose the natural curves of your body.
- Weight training allows you to melt away fat AND build upon these natural curves
- Ladies, there is a common misconception that lifting weights, especially heavier weights, will cause you to look bulky or too muscular. This is simply not accurate because women do NOT produce enough testosterone naturally to support a large amount of muscularity.
The health benefits differ between cardio and weight lifting. Cardio provides great cardiovascular training resulting in warding off high blood pressure, heart and cardiovascular disease. Weight lifting not only strengthens bones but allows your body to continue burning fat even after your training session. I believe a fitness regimen that makes room for both weight lifting AND cardio is the perfect plan of action.