By Lori Cipolla
You want to lose weight, burn some fat ? Then you just need to jump on the treadmill or elliptical A.K.A.
Cardio ….Right? Wrong! It’s not cardio alone that you want to perform solely in your journey to becoming a more fit you . Pick up a dumbbell , use resistance bands , cable machines or even exercises that require you to use your own body weight as resistance.
- Strength training builds lean muscle . The more you are training these muscles , the more calories they burn. Larger muscles burn even more calories .
- Increases bone density which helps reduce our risks of osteoporosis and decreases risks of fractures.
- Increases energy and our bodies endurance levels . Whether you are a business person that has long day ahead of them or a person involved in sports that has intense practices, being able to physically endure your day more easily is a plus !
- It also helps with our flexibility and balance . This is one of the reasons why it recommended for older adults to continue to or begin strength training. If your balance is not good when you are older you could be more prone to suffer an injury from a fall. These are 2 important things especially seeing none of us are getting younger in years. Also, think posture as well.
- Yes the obvious ! Look and Feel Great !! You will notice an increase in self-esteem and confidence. I definitely haven’t met anyone yet that regretted a finished workout . It’s a great stress reliever and over time with consistency , you will see those great physical changes.
Are you convinced yet? How about this, set yourself a goal . Keep in mind , setting small goals leading up to a bigger one make things easier for us to accomplish . If you are not ready to sign up with a local gym, start off by incorporating things you can do right from home. There are some great resistance exercises using your own body weight such as push-ups , tricep dips , lunges, wall sits, burpees and mountain climbers. You can also perform strength training exercises from home with some dumbbells or resistance bands. Continue to add cardio as well . Strength training and cardio make a great combination as opposed to doing one without the other. Go for a run ,brisk walk , a bicycle ride or jump rope.
If you feel like you rather start off in a gym but not quite sure where to begin, you might want to think about scheduling a session with a personal trainer to get you started. You could always meet a friend there that’s more familiar with the gym as well.
Just keep in mind , nothing happens overnight . Know that consistency is important . There
is know better time than the present to focus on a more fit and healthier you. Happy Training!
Lori Cipolla is Team Blessed Bodies Figure Athlete , ISSA Certified Personal Trainer & a Beachbody Coach. Most importantly a mom of 5 children.