Learn about strength training and find out why you should add it to your exercise routine.
By Toni Gasparis
Strength training is any sort of exercise done against resistance that aims to strengthen your muscles. You can do this form of exercise with body weight such as pushups and crunches, freestanding weights like dumbbells or a barbell, with weight machines or with elastic bands. Many people avoid strength training because they are skeptical about its effectiveness, or concerned it’ll make them bulk up and gain weight. Have your biggest doubts and questions answered here and learn why you should reconsider strength training, here.
“Why should I waste my time? Cardio burns more calories.”
Movement of any kind burns calories, but just because you move more in a cardio exercise does not make it more effective. In reality, a cardio and strength training combo is the ideal way to jump-start weight loss and a healthy exercise regimen because it is balanced — you are building and strengthening your muscles while also moving your body to increase your heartrate and burn calories. This combination will help you burn fat the most effectively.