If you are sticking to weekly healthy meals, doing cardio, HIIT Training, but still not seeing results fast enough… Well, here is the secret!
Going to the gym and hopping on the elliptical for a half hour will only get you so far.
To lose weight, you need to be eating the right foods, you need to be burning more calories than you are eating and also watching how much food you are actually eating (portion control).
If you are just doing the same workout everyday, then it is going to take longer to see any results and you may feel like you have hit a plateau.
Well, here is the thing: to start seeing results faster, you need to switch up your workout. Instead of getting on the elliptical everyday, do it every other day and include lifting weights or do HIIT training. The same goes with lifting weights: don’t just lift the same weight over and over again. Grab a heavier weight! Do more reps with lighter weights change it up.
I personally do weight training 3 times a week and HIIT training on the treadmill 2 times a week but, each time my workouts are harder so I am constantly pushing my body to do more.
I love weight training and here is why…
1. Increases Your Metabolism
After a few days of weight training you will notice an increase in your resting metabolic rate.
2. You Will Tone Up
I have heard so many times from ladies that they don’t want to lift weight because they don’t want to become body builder big. I will tell you right now by lifting weights a few times a week for a half hour will not make you look like a body builder. Lifting weights makes you stronger and yes, you will build muscle but this tightens your skin. You will get toned and you will feel so much stronger. Weight lifting combats the natural decline in muscle and bone density. Body builders do much more than lifting weights for 30 minutes every other day. So don’t stress about it – building muscle is good!
3. Prevents Injury
Lifting weights is KEY to stay injury free. Not only makes you stronger, but there have been studies that show resistance training (weight training) can lead to stronger ligaments and tendons which means you are less prone to injuries during daily activities.
Before starting weight training, I was just doing simple cardio and I was far from being flexible. I couldn’t even touch my toes sitting or standing. At the end of each of my workouts, I would foam roll and stretch. After a few weeks of simple weight training, I noticed while I was stretching and I could touch my toes! It was a miracle!! I even have clients who were able to not only touch their toes, but put their whole palm on the bottom of their feet, after about 4 weeks of training.
5. You Will Get Stronger Bones
If you are not a milk drinking fan, but want to make your bones strong. Well my friend weight training may just be your thing. The resistance with weight training helps to strengthen your bones and of course the muscles around your bones.
6. See Results Fast!
Strength training helps you get results fast. Within 2-3 weeks you will start to notice your muscle shape! Now again, you don’t need to be benching like 200 pounds. As long as you are doing simple weight training just enough to cause muscle fatigue, then you are in business!
7. Cuts Down the Risk of Cancer
One study shows that doing resistance training (weight training) 3 times a week for 6 months led to reduced oxidative stress, which can lessen our cancer risks.
8. Protects the Heart
Eating a heart healthy diet is one way to make sure your heart is healthy and strong. Same with weight training. Lifting has cardiovascular powers that can help fight against heart diseases.
9. Improves Cardio Strength
Don’t like doing cardio? No worries! Doing a fast pace resistance workout that build muscle endurance can be your new form of cardio. Weight training can really get your heart rate up, as it would if you where just running on a treadmill. When I am doing weight training, I am sweating as much as I do during HIIT training.
10. Helps To Fight Depression
Studies have shown that when you do resistance training your body releases feel-good endorphins to keep anxiety at bay.
I have just listed 10 benefits to weight training. It’s not just for men, it’s for everyone because it has so many benefits!
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