Your Fitness Spot believes in living an active lifestyle that keeps the body fit and healthy. There are multiple types of exercises out there, but what is the best for you? Do you need both strength and cardio to be healthy? What does strength training entail?
Strength training is a type of exercise that uses resistance to cause your muscles to contract which builds strength, anaerobic endurance, and the size of skeletal muscle. There are multiple types of strength training and some may work better for some people than others.
The four types of strength training are:
Weight Lifting – Various exercises involving increments of weight typically from 25 to 150 pounds.
Resistance Bands – A no weight method that uses the resistance of the bands themselves to tone and strengthen your muscles.
Dumbbells – Smaller weights that come in a fixed weight or adjustable weight size that allow you to do a variety of exercises.
Body Weight – Don’t want to use extra weight? Build strength by using your own body weight against you.
When trying to lose weight or stay healthy, most people lean towards cardio workouts. Cardio tends to get your heart rate up and burn calories which ultimately burns fat, but is it enough? Strength training is important because it builds muscles! For every three pounds of muscle you gain, you can expect to burn an extra 120 calories per day! Strength training also has other pros such as helping you to keep weight off, protecting bone health and muscle mass, and it makes you stronger and fitter. Strength training can also help you to manage chronic health conditions and sharpen focus.
Strength Training like all exercises can be extremely beneficial but should be researched. Not all types of it are meant for everyone. Don’t get too competitive. Do what’s best for you and whenever you consider a new health routine it is always wise to seek the advice of your health care professional.
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