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Why Weight Lift?

crossfitWhy Weight Lift?

Lifting weights helps shed off pounds, but it keeps the weight off too. You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories even after. More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and strength training can boost your metabolism by 15%.

Lifting weights can even can help strengthen your bones. By putting the stress on your bones, you build up the bone density, ultimately preventing osteoporosis and other related bone diseases.

Strength training is also called resistance training because it involves firming up and toning your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force. Your balance and coordination will improve, as will your posture. More significantly, if you have poor flexibility and balance, strength training can reduce your risk of falling by as much as 40%, a vital benefit, particularly as you get older.

Strength training will even elevate your level of endorphins which will make you feel great. It is also a great antidepressant and helps you sleep better.

Build Muscle to Lose Weight

Build Muscle to Lose Weight

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqAs we age many of us begin to gain weight. As adults, if we do not do strength training exercises, we lose muscle mass. Muscle is very dense and takes up less room than fat. Muscle requires fuel, fuel as in calories. Therefore in order to stay lean we need to keep some muscle.

It is recommended to strength train 3-4 times per week. If you are just beginning, start out with light weights. Don’t overdo it to cause injury. The goal is to strengthen slowly.

Check with your doctor to make sure you are physically able to do the exercises. Your doctor should be able to give you guidelines.

Hire a Personal Trainer if it is in your budget. Form more information on Personal Training email me at:   jackie@resultswellnesscenters.com or by phone 866-998-4100.

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Truth or Myth? Lift less weight with more reps to get toned

Lift less weight with more reps to get toned?  Hmm…..
crossfitThe truth: People who want to look lean and toned often skip heavy barbells in favor of lighter weights with lots of repetitions. But that won’t give us the physique we’re after. To get toned, you need larger muscles and less fat. Challenging your body through heavier lifting is a big part of this equation. Lifting heftier weights won’t transform you into a bodybuilder; achieving that look requires eating a high-calorie diet and a long-term power-lifting regimen. Try doing higher reps (12 to15) and lower weights for about four weeks and then switch to lifting heavier weights for fewer reps (8 to 10). Alternate your workouts month-to-month after that to keep the stress on the body constantly changing. Muscles respond to resistance, so if it’s too light, you won’t see good results.