“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your body weight gets down to your goal-weight.
What else does strength training do for you?
By now, I’m sure you’ve figured out that strength training is important, because being stronger makes your body more resistant to injury, and recover faster if you are injured. It also makes you healthier in general daily life.
Let’s look at how it does this:
1. Stronger bones
First, strength training makes your bones stronger, because they need to thicken up to resist breaking against the weight you’re moving in your exercises. For women, this is a big deal, because osteoporosis is a horrible thing to deal with, and stronger bones make you less susceptible to it.
2. More fit and able
Strength training also makes your heart stronger in a real-life meaningful way. While running and other cardio activities can help you, it’s very seldom that you’ll need to endure a sub-maximal heart rate for a long time. You’re much more likely to need to exert yourself for a short period of intense activity. Weight training does exactly this. A set of squats will take less than a minute, but your heart rate will shoot up and stay there for that whole time.
3. Stronger – physically and mentally
Speaking of which, weight training helps you learn to do difficult things. Putting weight on your back and squatting it over and over again is tough. This prepares you for the other tough things life will throw at you.
4. More calories burned
Lastly, strength training makes you burn more calories than you did before, because larger muscle mass burns more energy than smaller muscle mass, meaning you’ll get leaner too.
There are many other health benefits of strength training, but we’ll save those for next time. For now, start doing something about improving your state of strength, and your life will improve along with it.
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Take a look at the articles below for more information exercising for weight loss:
- Exercise for Weight Loss – Press for success (and firmer arms!)
- Exercise for Weight Loss – Starting the year strong (part two)
- Exercise for Weight Loss – Starting the year strong (part one)
- Exercise for Weight Loss – How long should you train for?
- Exercise for Weight Loss – How to optimise your diet for building strength
- Exercise for weight loss – Why is strength training so important?
- Exercise for weight loss – Why it’s a bad idea to miss a workout
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- Exercise for weight loss – Get your perspective right
- Exercise for weight loss – How to get abs!
- Exercise for Weight Loss – DON’T do sport-specific workouts
- Exercise for Weight Loss – Make your exercise a non-negotiable
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