Can’t seem to get past that plateau?
Strength training is an essential way to amp up your #fitness routine and achieve your goals. The answer is simple. #Resistance training can burn more calories while working to build muscle mass and tone. The more muscle you have, the higher your BMR is. Your BMR (basal metabolic rate) is defined as the minimum number of calories your body requires for basic functions at rest. Typically, this number is about 60% of our total energy needs. Muscle weighs more than fat and burns more resting calories than fat will. This means an individual with a higher muscle mass will burn more calories at rest because they will have a higher basal metabolic rate.
This increased in calorie expenditure does not stop when your time at the gym does. Your body will continue to burn calories for up to 48 hours after a resistance training session as it works to repair and build muscle mass at a higher rate than normal. This effect is known as EPOC (excess post-oxygen consumption). After exercising, our body works to return to its resting state, or homeostasis. This recovery process requires additional energy; thus, we will experience an increased caloric expenditure and increased oxygen demands.
If you work consistently with resistance training you can experience these effects, and have an easier time reaching fitness goals than you would with only cardio based workouts. Resistance training can also help improve posture, increase your endurance, and reduce your risk of injury. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of resistance training. It doesn't always mean bulky weights! Start small with a greater number of repetitions until you become comfortable to add weights. Slowly work your way up to what is comfortable for you so you can reach your goals!
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