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Strength Training Outweigh Benefits Vs Cardio ???

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Strength Training is something that I have not incorporated into my Spark Program as of yet (not consistently) With only a bit over 2 weeks in and for long term this is something I HAVE to focus on and bring into my lifestyle. I did strength training as part of my exercise routine a few years ago- at a gym and it was incredible how my body changed and how much strength I gained. I was able to bench press over 50 lbs that is huge for me.

A lot of women focus on cardio vs resistance that challenges their bodies. Resistance training does not have to be hitting the weight room with an all-male crowd and intimidating machines. So I am doing more research and trying to find different options. I have found a lead on a private personal woman trainer that is very close to me.. like 5 mins via car 20 mins walking... There are also gym options and purchasing more weights to do this at home- but the stucture and routine and plans - I know will help me keep at it.

Some of my research has shown, the health benefits are Huge !!! See Below -

1 YOU WILL LOSE BODY FAT -and gain MUSCLE - THIS IS KEY !!! More muscle means more calories burning even at rest :))))

2 YOU WILL GAIN STRENGTH WITHOUT BULK

3 YOU DECREASE YOUR RISK OF OSTEOPOROSIS
This is VERY important and this was pointed out to me today by massage therapist.

4 YOU WILL IMPROVE YOUR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

5 YOU WILL BE PHYSICALLY STRONGER

6 REDUCE YOUR RISK OF INJURY, BACK PAIN & ARTHRITIS

7 YOU WILL REDUCE YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE

8 YOU WILL REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DIABETES
Research indicates that weight training can increase glucose utilization in the body by 23 percent in four months.

9 IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BENEFIT

10 YOU WILL IMPROVE YOUR ATTITUDE AND FIGHT DEPRESSION

Women who slowly and modestly gain more muscle will change their body composition. Such women will have more lean body mass and less fat.

So any ideas Gals / Guys ?? Do you all incorporate Strength Training into your exercising?

A regular strength training program helps you reduce body fat and burn calories more efficiently, which can result in healthy weight loss. Strength training helps preserve and enhance your muscle mass and bone mass, regardless of your age.

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EDIT - So I have heard a few nutrition experts..that # 1 change is NUTRITION
# 2 - Strength Training and # 3 - Cardio..... so that is where my focus is ...
Like I've been told without the proper nutrition - we can exercise till the cows come home but we will not be reaching our goals... WE CAN DO THIS !!!!
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  • SMUISE
    I'm the same...NEED to add this as well.
    1013 days ago
  • GINGYCAT40
    Thanks for all your comments... I know this is a VITAL part of a healthy lifestyle...especially for women over the age of 40 ... I have started Body Weight Strength Training at home and will do twice a week as well as some free weight exercises. I have to focus on gaining muscle :)))
    1018 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    I have to add more of this as well.
    1018 days ago
  • JORDANNNE
    I've always tried to strength train - we lose muscle mass every decade which in turn makes us get fatter every decade. The more muscle you have, the more beneficial it is as you age. I don't weigh myself anymore. Did it once when I re-joined but not looking at the scales again for a while.

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    1019 days ago
  • NEWFIEGIRLHERE
    Hey Gingy. Strength training in not anything I have consciously worked on. I use my resistance bands for maintain on my neck problems, I walk, dry Zumba and Aqua Zumba which is also resistance so sorry but I'm no help at all. But if you find yourself a bathing suit feels free to come to the pool thirst nights and give that a try with us other ladies. It's a blast and you will be addicted in no time !!!! Xo
    1022 days ago
  • IHEARDMYSELF
    I love strength training. It makes me feel powerful, not bulky.
    1022 days ago
  • IRELANDSLADY
    Strength training plays a great roll for me. Its a nice addition
    1022 days ago
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