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There are many misconceptions when it comes to weightlifting. Many people think of the big, bulky body-builders strutting their stuff at the gym or flexing in the mirror. However, when it comes to health and weight loss, weightlifting and strength training offers long-term effects and benefits.

Here are 3 reasons weight training will aid you in your weight loss goals and help lead you to a healthier lifestyle.

1. Building muscle burns more calories

Muscles burn more calories because they require a great deal of energy to repair themselves after a workout. As you build your muscles your body becomes more efficient at using calories to build muscle, not fat. By burning more calories at rest and increasing your overall metabolism, weight training becomes a more permanent solution to weight loss goals.

You will burn more calories during a workout as well, which benefits many people struggling to fit a workout into their day. Doing an eight minute circuit can burn up to 231 calories.

2. Raises your heart rate

By doing circuit training with weights and total body movements, you are still raising your heart rate AND including aerobic exercise in your workout. With similar benefits to a straight cardio routine, you may save time, but achieve greater results. This type of exercise will have cardiovascular benefits and may even help lower your blood pressure.

3. Increase physical ability not bulk

Many people are hesitant to include weight training in their workouts, especially women, due to the fear of becoming bulky. Weight training is not designed to add bulk, but to aid in weight loss and improve overall physical ability by strengthening muscle.

Working muscle will not make a woman bigger, but actually has a slimming effect. As the muscles begin to burn fat, they become denser and she will appear smaller. Muscle does weigh more than fat, so while the scale may not reflect progress in the desired way, clothes will fit better. That’s all that matters, right?

Weight training also prevents injury by strengthening weakened muscle. Many athletes incorporate weight training for this reason alone. For those seeking a healthier lifestyle, improving muscle tone and strength is only one of the many benefits gained by weight training.

If you are seeking a healthier lifestyle and would like to know more about adding a weight training regimen to your workout, please contact us for more information.


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