A lot of people will walk or do some type of cardio workout and still not see the physical fitness results they are looking for. So what is missing? Is there anything else they can add to help them achieve their goals?
I believe there are two things that could make a big difference: Proper Diet and Resistance Training.
All of the workout programs I design have a resistance training element in them. Why? Because I believe that resistance training is key to reaching your fitness goals. I want to share some of these reasons with you, and also try to debunk some common myths about resistance training, especially for females.
Why You Should Add Resistance Training to Your Exercise Routine
1. You will build bone mineral density.
Through resistance training you actually make your bones stronger, which can help prevent osteoporosis. The stronger your bones are, the stronger you are overall.
2. You will build muscle strength and tone.
When your muscles are stronger, you will more easily be able to perform daily living activities. This makes simple tasks like carrying the groceries and climbing stairs much easier.
In addition, muscle tissue is also denser than fat tissue. This means that one pound of muscle will take up less space then one pound of fat. At rest, muscle tissue will burn more calories on average than fat tissue, thus changing and improving your body composition and form.
3. You will speed up your metabolism.
Metabolism is how our bodies convert the food we eat into fuel, and how efficiently we burn that fuel. The faster and more efficient our bodies are with this, the more calories we burn, which helps us either maintain or lose weight. Unlike a cardio work-out, resistance training will lead to extra calories being burnt hours after the workout is complete. So not only are you burning calories while doing a resistance workout, you are also continuing to burn calories long after you are done. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!
Common Myths or Fears About Adding Resistance Training to Your Exercise Routine
1. Resistance Training Will Make Me ”Big and Bulky”.
This is a common fear among women in regard to resistance training, and I hear you! I don’t want to get big and bulky either. But I do want to have nice definition and toned muscles.
Guess what? Females won’t bulk up like males will. We simply do not have enough testosterone to encourage a lot of muscle growth. You will have muscle definition, but you will not become big and buff.
2. Resistance Training is Only For Atheletes.
As I stated earlier, there are so many health benefits to lifting weights or doing resistance training that you don’t need to be an athlete in order to take part in a resistance training program. Resistance training can benefit anyone!
If you are serious about trying to get fit, consider adding a resistance training element to your workout routine. It doesn’t have to be super intense or last an hour. It can be just a basic and simple program. If you add 2-3 days of resistance training in with the cardio work-outs you are already doing, you will see positive results!