It is still kind of shocking to in this day in age that so many people are still afraid to pick up weights when their goals are to lose weight. Ladies and Gentleman PICK UP THE WEIGHTS. Seriously, if your goals are weight loss, you need to stop doing so much cardio and start lifting some weights. You won’t get big and bulky–that takes a ton of effort. Instead, weight training is something you must embrace. If you are trying to continually change our body (which is what you want to do to lose weight) then you must continually challenge your body and with weights, the options are truly endless.
If you aren’t convinced yet, here are three reasons why you should pick up those weights to accel your goals.
It Revs Your Metabolism
Lifting weights doesn’t necessarily make you big and bulky but what it does do is it helps you gain more muscle. When your body is composed of toned, lean muscle your body naturally increase the speed of your metabolism. The more muscle you have the more fired up your metabolism is and when you have a higher metabolism, you burn more calories not just during the workout, but even afterward. This is called the after-burn effect. Doesn’t that sound nice? Burning more calories while relaxing at home. It can be done with more muscle on your body.
You Get More Bang For Your Buck
Lifting weights can cause your body to burn more calories. Especially, if you keep the pace a bit quicker or don’t isolate the muscles and much and use compound exercises in your workout. Compound exercises basically, means to challenge more than one muscle group at the same time. Instead of just doing a biceps curl, try adding in a reverse lunge or a deadlift with your biceps curl.
Keeps Your Body Guessing
Those that are slaves to the treadmill, often make us wonder if those people are truly insane. We are joking of course, but day after day doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results is mind-boggling. Of course, it is important to challenge your heart and lungs but that can be done with weight training too and you certainly don’t need to run 5 miles every day. Grabbing weights and performing different exercises will always be beneficial when it comes to changing your body which means you are challenging your body. This doesn’t mean you have to perform different exercises each and every day. Once you feel your body has mastered an exercise, then it is time to switch it up or increase your weight–there really is no need to over think it. Plus, we have plenty of workouts in our archives to keep you busy for a while.
Ready to grab those weights now?
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