Weight training burns twice as many calories ashigh-intensity cardio. It took me a while to convert, but once I incorporated weight training sessions into my workouts I quickly bore witness to its benefits.
It discourages me when I hear so many people are averse to weight training – women in particular, who fear they’ll bulk up like Arnie Schwarzenegger if they lift a couple sets with 10-pound dumbbells. Believe me, the feminine frame isn’t made for a body builder’s physique. Female body builders are only built that way because they consume a special diet, with the aid of supplements, and lift extremely high amounts of weight in a structured program to look that way. For the rest of us,weight training will simply tone your muscles and raise your metabolism, which in turn causes you to burn more calories. Once you start weight training regularly your body will be able to burn far more calories throughout the entire day – even while you sleep – a benefit not reaped from even the highest-intensity cardio workouts.
Weight training is especially important for those of us who are 30 years of age and older. A bi-weekly bout of weight training can help to reverse the natural decline in your metabolism. It also offers excess energy and strengthens bones, which for older women will lessen your risks of developing osteoporosis. It will also elevate your mood naturally during menopause. That’s not to mention the added endurance and energy, plus the improvements to your balance, coordination, posture and overall strength and confidence. Ricardo and I discussed this today on his radio show “Embracing Health” on 89.1 WBCX, there is so much to be learned about the science behind exercise.
If you’re looking to begin a weight-training program then brace yourself for a ton of benefits. Don’t shy away because you think you’ll have to spend a huge amount of time exercising. Studies show the body benefits from merely 30 minutes three times a week, so take the time to burn extra calories and find all the benefits of a strong healthy body. Find a local class similar to our “30 minute – resistance band” class here at The Body Sanctuary,Inc. these classes offer benefits with minimal time invested. Please feel free to comment and let us know your strategies or road blocks to health and regular exercise sessions.