Many individuals are against the idea of resistance training. They either don’t want to get bulky, don’t want muscle or are just afraid of lifting weights. But, why is it so important?
There are many benefits to lifting weights! Many individuals are afraid to lift weights because they do not want to get bulky. Well, it takes a LOT of work and a LOT of time to get bulky, friends. Most individuals claiming that they want to lose weight, are also afraid of getting bulky and muscular. Did you know that the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest? This means, if you follow a weight training program for 6-8 weeks, gain muscle mass, and take a break from the gym for 3 weeks for holidays, you will be burning more calories than if you took the break after following just a cardio based program. This means that maintaining your weight is a lot easier, when you have more muscle mass! It is also easier to lose weight while you are working out, because you will continuously be burning more calories.
This does not mean that you need to be bulky to burn more calories. As you follow a weight training program, you will be able to watch your muscles grow. Meaning, once you are happy with the size of them, you can switch over into strength and conditioning programs where there is not a large emphasis on gaining muscle.
Fat loss is not the only benefit of resistance training! Resistance training also keeps your metabolism regulated, regulates insulin in diabetes, protects your joints with aging and helps to improve and maintain brain IQ. Who would have thought that? Are you ready to start lifting?
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