Friends! I have an awesome guest post for you today. As you may have noticed, the past few weeks I’ve been linking up to Lisa’s “Fit Tip Tuesday”. Lisa is filled with quick tips leading to a healthier and “fitter” you, whatever your version of “fit” may be!
One of the series which Lisa has coined is called “mythbusting”, where she takes what people consider conventional knowledge and turns it on its head. I asked if Lisa might be able to contribute some of her mythbusting ideas with you today. So listen up folks because Lisa is about to make you smarter!
I do a lot of “mythbusting” on my site and Davs requested I share with you a common myth to bust.
The myth: Doing tons of cardio/running & hours at the gym will help you lose weight.
The facts: Wrong! Doing some cardio but mostly strength training will help you lose weight without spending hours at the gym!
Most people struggle to lose weight because of slow metabolism due to years of neglecting their health. Slow metabolism can also be the culprit of that frustrating “last 10” to lose. There are tons of claims out there about metabolism. Eating this, doing that, yada yada, will all “boost your metabolism.” The truth is, there are unfortunately only 2 things that determine your metabolism: genetics & lean muscle. We can’t change genetics, but we can definitely do something about lean muscle.
By building up lean muscle in our bodies, we allow our metabolism to work harder and faster, speeding up and burning more calories naturally throughout the day. Ever wonder why your boyfriend can eat a large pizza in one sitting and maintains a 6-pack? It’s the 6-pack!
Most girls don’t want to look too buff and strong, but doing strength training with even light weights a few times a week can do wonders for your metabolism. By building up tone rather than burning down fat, you train your body to burn more calories outside of the gym. That’s a much faster way to lose weight or maintain a healthier weight than waiting for the fat to melt off on the treadmill. It also has the added bonus of tightening and toning your body, making it look slimmer and leaner than cardio alone.
Cardio is important to lead a healthy lifestyle, but spending hours on the treadmill is enough to drive anyone crazy – especially at the slow pace it takes to really see results. Plus, cardio doesn’t change the fact that you’re hungry immediately after and usually eat up those calories all over again! By incorporating strength training, your body will start to expend more calories doing cardio, speeding up the weight loss process even further!
In conclusion, building up some tone and lean muscle to your body will speed up your metabolism. That will help you burn more calories throughout the day, whether you’re running or even sleeping!
My recommendation: lift weights or do resistance strength training 3-5 times per week and some cardio 2-3 days per week, you won’t regret it!
PS – It’s also important to note that eating some protein (milk, eggs, lean fish or meat, nuts, etc) within 30 minutes after a strength workout will help boost the results!!
Thanks for having me Davs!
Thank you Lisa for taking over THM today! It’s probably time I stop using that kettle bell as a door stopper….
Today we’re actually doing a blog swap so be sure to head over to The Skinny on Health for my Q & A on life, recipe development and my beauty tips (laughable!).
Do you typically include strength training in your fitness routine? If so, how often?