Too many people put strength training by the way side and don’t realize how important and beneficial it can be. Ladies especially turn a blind eye because of the fear of gaining too much muscle. Truth is, women have anywhere from 15-20 times less testosterone than men. Testosterone is the hormone that builds muscle so its relative scarcity in women makes building muscles like men almost impossible. Grab your free weights and start pumping that iron ladies and gents!
Building muscle is important and helps to make your body look more toned. Strength training doesn’t mean you’ll develop body builder muscles. During resistance training, muscles generate more force than they do during endurance exercises. During a strength workout, the heart’s muscle tissue contracts forcefully to push the blood out. Like all muscles, stress causes small tears in the muscle fibers. When the body repairs those tears, muscles grow.
You’ll Burn More Calories
Doing fast paced strength training is a great way to burn a ton of calories. Another benefit of this is that you’ll continue burning calories long after you’ve left the gym. Adding more muscle will increase your metabolism, which means you’ll burn more calories at rest and during workouts.
Strength Train to up Your Cardio Game
You’ll be a more efficient runner with regular strength training workouts. A lot of avid runners forgo strength training, focusing too much on their runs. If you’ve ever had a long run or race when your form fell apart as you get fatigued towards the end, you’ll definitely benefit from strength-training. Strengthening your core can help improve and maintain your running form, which translates into greater running efficiency. Replace two runs a week with strength training and you’ll start to see a difference.
Always make sure to pair strength training and cardio along with a healthy diet for optimal results. Don’t give up! This month’s efforts are next month’s body!
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