Have you ever heard someone say that lifting weights will not help lose excess body weight? This is a common misconception because it is common to associate weight loss with strictly cardio workouts. However, putting time into resistance training exercises will have a major impact.
A bout of resistance training will not burn as many calories as a session of aerobic training when you look at calories burned during the session. However, the difference is that resistance training continues to burn calories for up to 48 hours after you have completed your session. The reason being is that lifting weights increases your resting metabolic rate, which means that your body will burn more calories even when you are just relaxing after your workout.
Another great benefit to resistance training is that it will increase your lean body mass. Lean body mass, specifically muscle mass, burns more calories than fat. Therefore, just having that increased lean body mass will increase the calories your body needs in a day.
Doing only aerobic training while losing weight will cause you to lose some unwanted muscle mass along with fat. Including some resistance training in your routine will help ensure you keep that muscle mass, and your body will work on dropping the fat instead of your muscle mass. This will keep you strong and healthy while losing a few pounds.
Another great side effect to your increased resistance training, is stronger bones. As we age our bones are consistently reformed.
The more resistance training you do, the more “stress” will be put on your bones and they will rebuild stronger and denser to handle that workload. This will decrease your chance of injuries as well as osteoporosis as you age.
When looking at what to incorporate in your workouts, it is important to note that both resistance and aerobic(cardio) training have a host of benefits. Try not to limit yourself to one or the other. Explore the benefits of both to help you reach whatever goals you may have.
It is also important to note that weight loss and weight maintenance are complex and are affected by a multitude of factors. This includes sleep, nutrition, physical activity, genetics, and mindset. It is never a bad idea to get help from one of Riverside Corporate Wellness’ personal trainers or get in touch with their dietitian, Jordan, to further help you.