Women's Health and Fitness - Weight Training To Lose Weight

Sep 10, 2022

 by Nicole Grevelis

Weight gain is a lot easier as you grow older, particularly as the motivation to exercise also wanes, but you can turn it around it does not matter how old you are.  You should start to weave some sort of exercise into your daily life.  


One type of exercise you should consider doing is weight training, also known as strength or resistance training.  Weight training will not only help with losing weight but will also trim and tone your body. Age does not matter. It has been shown that women as old as 70 have started to weight train and have improved their body strength quickly.


Weight training is important in fighting flab; it may be the most important.  If you do aerobic exercise, you only burn fat during the exercise, but with weight training, you burn fat even when you have finished.  The body is still burning fat for up to twelve hours after finishing the exercise while building the muscles worked, so you can still burn fat while resting.  But that is not the end of the story. 


A body full of muscle uses far more calories than a body full of fat, so you will find that you will need to eat more to maintain your weight and your muscle.   You do not need to worry that you will bulk up like a bodybuilder, as you do not have the right makeup to do this; as a woman, you will only elongate and define your muscles and build lean muscles.


When you first start weight training, you might find that your weight will increase. This is because muscle is heavier than fat, but as muscle is smaller, you should notice the body getting smaller even if the scales do not show a decrease in weight.


The additional benefits of weight training are:-


  1. It helps to strengthen and increase the density of your bones because the muscles pulling and flexing the bones help to lay down more bone fiber.


  1. Stronger muscles help your body to be more steady and so help to prevent falls.


  1. It has also been found that it can fight the build-up of abdominal fat by lifting weights at least twice a week.   


Finally, when weight training, make sure that you change your routine so that the body can not get used to the routine.  It only takes the body about six weeks for it to learn how to work efficiently if keeping to the same routine, and therefore you will stop seeing any weight or body changes.


So have fun and start weight training to lose weight and tone your body.


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