2/5 – THE MORE MUSCLE YOU HAVE, THE EASIER IT IS TO KEEP THE FAT OFF!
Yes, you read it correctly! The more muscle you have, the more insulin receptor sites you have and the more sensitive they will be. This means it’s easier to stay leaner and keep the fat off! Furthermore, using strength training to target your major muscle groups and fatiguing these muscles, you will essentially make these muscles work harder for you in that they will require more calories to recover, which equals a far greater fat-burning effect!
In fact, according to Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., & Director of Research at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts, that for every 3 pounds of muscle you build, you’ll burn around an extra 120 calories a day!! So if that’s not enough in itself to cause you to want to pick up something heavy at the gym, then read on!
3/5 – MUSCLE BUILDS STRONGER BONES, PREVENTING OSTEOPEROSIS
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation high-impact weight-bearing exercises help build bones and keep them strong specifically exercises or activities where you move your body, a weight or some other resistance against gravity.
Some common and basic forms of resistance exercises that the National Osteoporosis Foundation recommend for all women include:
[list_item icon=”entypo-check”]Lifting weights.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”entypo-check”]Training resistance using elastic exercise bands.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”entypo-check”]Using guided weight machines.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”entypo-check”]Lifting your own body weight for exercising.[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”entypo-check”]Basic functional movements, such as standing and rising up on your toes.[/list_item]
Elite Fitness Note: If you haven’t had any experience lifting before, we recommend getting your technique down first with a personal trainer who can guide you through correct postures etc, as you begin to lift heavier which will lower your chances of injury!