Lifting weights to lose weight

How lifting Weights can help you to lose Weight

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Do you want to lose weight?

To lose weight, we have always been told to do physical activities that increase our heart rate and breathing rate, so that we can burn off calories that we just ate. These activities (cardio-respiratory exercises) include activities such as walking, running, swimming, biking, and dancing. And, yes, these activities are great at making our heart stronger, improving circulation, AND losing weight.

But… there are also amazing benefits to be gained AND weight to be lost by doing strength exercises, such as lifting weights. How does this work?

Doesn’t strength exercises make us put weight on?

Yes… strength exercises can “help” you to put on muscle mass. But this is good! Muscle mass helps you to be strong and balanced (and look good in those jeans).

Keep in mind though that muscle mass is SMALLER than fat mass. Five pounds of muscle is about 1/3 the size of fat. So, even if you don’t lose weight (or even put some weight on), if it is muscle weight, you may still lose inches around your waist and thighs.

Further, strength exercises can also help you to lose fat weight. Yes! This is the weight you want to lose. As stated above, fat is much bigger than fat at the same weight.

How does strength exercises help you to lose weight?

First, let’s talk a small bit about what strength exercises are. Strength exercises can include lifting weights, such as in a gym. But they can also include using your own body as the weight (such as sit-ups, push-ups, leg squats, and yoga).

Now, let’s talk about how strength exercises can help you lose weight. Strength exercises can help you to lose weight because they help you to build muscle. Building muscle then helps you to burn more calories by increasing your metabolism. The more muscle you have, the greater your metabolism (or ability to burn calories).

So… if one of your health goals is to lose weight, you may want to try adding in some simple strength exercises, either at the gym or at home.

Have a beautiful week and remember to…

Breathe & Be (healthy, happy, and STRONG)!  Kristin

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