One of the keys to losing body fat and keeping it off is strength training. Lean muscle is the driving force behind your metabolism. The only way to increase your metabolism and burn more calories at rest is to increase lean muscle through strength training.
Most people want to get lean and shed body fat. Doesn’t a high metabolism sound like something that might help you achieve that goal? You bet it does!
For the women that are afraid of “bulking up” from strength training, rest assured, that is simply a myth.
Women do not and cannot naturally produce as much testosterone (the main hormone responsible for increasing muscle size) as men, therefore, it is impossible for a woman to gain huge amounts of muscle mass by merely touching some weights.
Unfortunately, the image that may come to your mind is that of a professional bodybuilder. Most of these women, unfortunately, use synthetic means in order to achieve that high degree of muscularity. In addition, most also have amazingly good genetics along with an unbelievable work ethic that enables them to gain muscle quickly when they spend hours in the gym lifting very heavy weights. Believe me when I say that they do not look like that by accident.
So, back to why it’s important to increase your lean muscle. The more lean muscle mass you have, the less fat you will have. the reason for this is that muscle actually burs fat. Muscle helps the body burn calories for hours after a workout. Studies have shown people who lift weights have an even lower fat mass percentage than those who do aerobic exercise alone.
Muscle Builds Strength
Most people don’t stop to consider that the more strength you have, the less likely you may be to get injured. If you are an avid runner, cyclist or swimmer, it might make sense to lift some weights so your body is stronger and can perform longer and more efficiently wihtout getting injured.
Improves Functional Strength
Another benefit you achieve by increasing muscle is functional strength capabilities. Since you get much stronger by lifting weights, everyday activities will get much easier over time. You won’t need to call your brother to omve a couch anymore, or even have your son carry your suitcase.
Muscle Reshapes the Body
What if you just dropped fifty pounds from dieting and nightly jogging through your neighborhood but when you look in the mirror things still jiggle and you still carry weight in the same spots? The best way to change this is to shape your body through building muscle. This will tighten, firm, tone and target those trouble spots that you just can’t seem to get rid of.
Muscle Fights Disease
The highest number of women who get osteoporosis in later years are ones of slim build. Doctors say that one of the best ways to fight this debilitating bone loss is to do weight-bearing activities, that increase bone density. Muscle has also been shown in major studies to fight the onset of type two diabetes, build the heart muscle to fight heart disease and even help those who suffer from arthritis to be more symptom free.
Do not fear muscle any longer. What you should fear is being old and weak. Push your body – you are stronger than you think. If you want that complete body transformation to the point where your family hardly recognizes you, then you have to sit up and change, right now. Take action and start lifting weights.
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