Resistance Training or Weight Training is probably the most neglected component of fitness programs but one of the most beneficial. Our body can basically be divided into 2 components. Fat mass consists of the body’s fat store, while fat free mass is a combination of non-fat tissue such as muscle, bone, internal organs etc. An important part of fat free mass is lean body mass, which is essentially muscle.
- Muscle is metabolically active tissue. This means that it utilizes calories to work, repair and refuel itself. Fat requires very few calories, it just kind of sits there.
- As we enter our mid to late twenties, we slowly start to lose muscle as part of the natural aging process. This means that the amount of calories we need each day starts to decrease and it becomes easier to gain weight.
- By engaging in regular strength training exercise, it is possible to decrease this loss of lean muscle tissue and even replace some that has been lost already.
Studies have shown Strength Training to increase lean body mass, decrease fat mass and increase resting metabolic rate (a measurement of the amount of calories burned per day) These effects may make it easier to manage one’s weight.
- Another beneficial effect of resistance training pertains to bone health. In addition to weight bearing cardiovascular exercise, weight training has been shown to help fight osteoporosis. For example, in postmenopausal women, 2 strength training sessions a week for one year increased bone mineral density by 1%. A sedentary control group lost 2% in the same time period .
- Finally, in older populations, resistance training can help maintain the ability to perform functional tasks such as walking, rising from a chair, climbing stairs and even carrying their own groceries.
MOVE!!! Find a partner, a Trainer, put your music on and roll. This will give you lot’s of stamina, you will feel ALIVE, RENEW & HAPPY after a good workout .Plus you will burn lots of calories and will gain strenght.
We Live Once….Keep Moving!!! Your Body and Mind will Appreciate it.
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