When it comes to
exercise, it's not uncommon to focus on
as the best means of losing weight and changing your body
composition. But, it's a mistake to overlook strength training as an important piece of
the weight management puzzle for several reasons.
training helps you retain lean body mass and keep your
metabolism revved up.
As we age, there is a gradual reduction in basal metabolic rate
(BMR) due to declining muscle mass (lean body mass). After the
age of 30, muscle mass decreases, and later, muscle strength
decreases. This leads to changes in body composition and
typically, as age increases, so does the percentage of body-fat.
metabolically very active. Each pound of muscle on your
body will burn 35-50 extra calories per day, at rest. Compare
that with fat which only burns 2 calories per day, at rest.
is dense. A pound of muscle takes up about one-quarter the space
of fat. When you begin adding muscle, you can actually lose
inches. This is why you may not see the number on the scale move
downward when you begin strength training, but your clothes will
begin to feel roomier.
training will create body balance
and symmetry. This is what not only helps you avoid or
resolve some orthopedic problems such as low back pain, but it's
also what gives you fit muscle definition and attractive body
training improves bone density which helps to prevent
osteoporosis and it improves the strength of connective
tissue with helps prevent injuries.
well designed strength training program will provide you with
improved posture. You will breathe better, stand
taller, and look better.
will feel stronger, healthier and more confident.
Strength training gives you a huge dose of positive attitude and
motivation to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle!
Getting and Staying Active