Planning to lose weight and keep it off? Work some strength training into your lifestyle.
Regular strength training boosts basal metabolic rate by about 15%. Muscle is metabolically active, and burns more calories than other body tissue just to maintain itself. On a similar note, when you perform a strength training workout, your metabolism is sped up for hours after you've completed that exercise. What’s more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 weeks of strength training can improve glucose metabolism in a way that is comparable to taking diabetes medication. The more muscle you add to your frame, the more efficient your body is at managing glucose in the blood. This not only fights off the onset of diabetes, but also expedites your weight loss. And to most people, muscles that are strong and fit simply look better!
The following are some handy strength-building guides and products: