Sunday, January 25, 2009

Resistance Training

You know that exercise is good for you. Aerobic activity builds the all important heart. But what do you know about weight training?

It's like money in the bank. When you do an aerobic exercise (walking, jogging, running, stair climbing, rowing, biking, etc.) you burn calories while you are working out and even later after the workout. Some studies suggest even up to 48 hours after you exercise. BUT - with weight training you burn calories even while you sleep - days and days after the muscle is built.

When you build muscle it continues to "eat" more all the time so your metabolism is going at a higher rate all the time. Fat? It just sort of sits there. Unless you try to move around. Then it sort of jiggles there. Fat takes up more space and is shapeless. It is sort of like my mom's back storage room at her house. No one really knows what is in there and it grows every year. Ew.

So does it seem like you can't eat the same as you used to when you were younger? You probably can't. Check this out: "Sedentary individuals can begin to lose muscle mass as early as their mid-twenties. Human beings can lose up to 1-2 percent of muscle mass per year, eventually losing as much as 50 % of muscle mass in the course of a lifetime. The effects of losing muscle mass include a decrease in strength, greater susceptibility to injury, and in increase in body fat." (To read the whole article go here.)

Strength training can change that for you, there are benefits for every woman. You can build back your youthfulness. You will look better, feel better and be able to eat more with out weight gain.

Interested? I just read a great book on the how-to of the weight training. View it here - remember to check out your library before buying any book!

No comments: