Strength Weight Training/Lifting for Weight Loss

Working out with weights, known as toning and resistance (or strength) training is for everyone. You don’t have to be slim at the present time, nor should you wait until you slim down. Weight training can increase muscle strength and help with weight loss.

Strength Weight Training/Lifting for Weight Loss

Who Should Use Weights?

Lifting light weights should be an important part of every person’s fitness regime, whether they are male or female, young or old, and regardless of whether they are considered to be fit or not so fit. Conditioning or strength training is for individuals who exercise a little or a lot. Weight resistance training is a vital part of any strength or weight loss program.

The Benefits of Light Weights

Something many women worry about is that if they lift weights, they will develop large bulging muscles like male bodybuilders. However this is not the case. If you work-out correctly you will look more toned and also lose weight faster. You will have a slimmer, more conditioned body that looks fantastic!

Other Benefits Include:

Improves bone density and muscle mass (In other words, your bones get stronger and become less prone to injury. Your muscles get stronger too!)
Decreases the proportion of fat on the body and also conditions the body and changes its shape
Increases and/or maintains muscular balance and muscle fitness
Plays a role in building more confidence and better self esteem
It cannot be emphasised enough; EVERYONE can reap the benefits of using weights. Which conditioning program you decide to follow is tied in with what you are trying to achieve.
You will accomplish different goals depending on the type of weights you use, and the number of sets and repetitions you do with those weights. For example, the use of light weights over 3 sets with high (15-20) repetitions will allow for the shaping of muscles, fat loss, overall toning of the body and endurance. On the other hand, heavy weights lifted with lower repetitions (6-8) are geared towards enlarging the size of muscles and for developing more overall strength.

Things to Think About

Before you rush out and purchase some weights, you should make an appointment with your doctor. A check up is strongly recommended before starting a weight/strength training program (and indeed any type of exercise program) if you are aged 35+ and if you have lived a sedentary lifestyle for some time. It is also recommended that you consult your doctor if you have a medical condition, such as heart problems or asthma, regardless of age.
Strength training is not meant to stand on its own. Include your use of weights in a regular exercise program. To better ensure that you will lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy diet and include physical activities such as walking, jogging, swimming and cycling into your exercise plan.

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