THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED ON POSITIVE HEALTH WELLNESS.
Experts will tell you to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you want to lose weight, that daily recommendation doubles. What the experts don’t tell you is the type of exercise that you should do and why it’s so important.
We spend a lot of time burning calories through cardio exercises. There are plenty of people who go to the gym to use the treadmill or cross trainer, or they will go for a power walk with friends. Cardio workouts are good, but they’re not the only type of workouts that you can (or should) do.
You want to focus more on strength training. Doing weight training, whether it’s with physical weights or through bodyweight training, will serve you more in the future. You’ll gain more health and weight loss benefits that you would constantly hit the pavement running.
Here’s a look at why you need to consider more strength training in your weekly workouts.
You’ll Change Your Shape Not Just Your Weight
Cardio is good for burning calories. In fact, cardio is good for fat burning. So, you get to see the numbers on the scales drop. What you aren’t as likely to see if your figure is changing.
Resistance training and strength training does more than just lose the fat. Cardio only breaks down the tissue that is currently there. You’re left with a soft, flabby look that you need to build then up to being toned. When you add some strength training in with your cardio, you build the muscle while working away from the fat.
There’s no need to lift the bodybuilding weights that you see on TV. You can do it all with smaller weights—just with more repetitions. You can even gain through bodyweight training.
Of course, it’s more than just doing weight training to tone your body. You’ll also need to feed your muscles with the right amount of protein. However, you want to add more strength training to change your shape and be happier with your body.
You’ll Burn Far More Calories