Summer is in full swing… and that means you may find yourself trying to squeeze into clothes that felt a tad ‘roomier’ last summer.
And if you’re looking to drop a few pounds, you may be tempted to start upping the amount of cardio you’re doing in hopes of SWEATING out those extra pounds…
And sure, cardiovascular exercises like jogging or bike riding are good for your overall health…
But doing hours of cardio isn’t the only – or most effective – way to lose some weight and KEEP IT OFF.
Today, I’m going to share with you another option.
Fend off Unwanted Pounds by Lifting Weights
Before you assume that weight lifting is only for bulked up meatheads, check this out this study…
Research recently conducted at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute (EMRI) found resistance training (aka lifting weights) can have a significant effect on fat mass, muscle mass and weight loss.
This finding is important for a couple of reasons…
One, many folks have long assumed that the only kind of exercise synonymous with losing weight is cardio.
And two, when folks do lose weight, they often have to restrict calories, which can lead to a loss in muscle mass. But, lifting weights can ensure that your muscle mass is maintained.
The study did make it clear that lifting weights is not a ‘better’ or more effective method of exercise than cardio. But, incorporating resistance training into your current activity load can help you lose weight over the long run.
So, if you already have an exercise routine like walking or jogging, consider incorporating some simple strength training exercises into your already-established routine.
Walk with some light hand weights (2-5 lbs.), or do some pushups against a wall during your walk or run. Both options are easy on your joints AND give your arms a great ‘pump.’
If you don’t already have an established exercise routine, don’t worry…
All you need is a set of dumbbells. Simple movements like bicep curls, squats, and shoulder presses work the muscles in both your arms and legs.
Try doing 2-3 sets of each exercise two days per week. And if you feel like you’re strapped for time, try doing it while watching your favorite TV show, or even the news.