7 Practical Steps to Strength Train for Weight Loss
The more muscle you build, the more fat will burn off over time due to an increased metabolism. Strength training is one of the best things you can do for weight loss. Strength training through resistance training builds muscle while getting rid of fat thus increasing your overall fitness level.
Losing fat is extremely different than losing weight. While you might be scared to gain muscle because of your fear of the scale, don’t be too caught up in what the scale says. Muscle ways more than fat, but having more of it means that you will lose more weight over time just by sitting there or sleeping. People with more muscle burn more fat over time.
The big question most people face is how to get more weight training into your day. Lucky for you, this post answers that question. Choose any of the following tips for pushing your body and ultimately reaching a level of fitness you will be proud of:
Go to the gym. This is most obvious method of weight training but it is the best because all of the weights and machines are right there for you. You don’t need to go out and purchase expensive equipment and figure out what to buy. Everything you need is in one place. Better yet, if you ever need help or have any questions about any of the machines, a gym like Planet Fitness will have employees ready to help at a moment’s notice.
Do body weight exercises at home. Body weight exercises are easy to do just about anywhere, and there are more exercises to do than you can imagine. You could even do them in the office if you wanted to. In my office I do pushups against the back of a chair and chair dips whenever possible. This keeps me moving throughout the day and keeps the blood pumping.
A high intensity at home workout like Insanity or P90X heavily relies on resistance and weight training for their user’s results. These are also workouts you can do at home, but the level of intensity is very high. These workouts are not for the faint of heart.
Throw away the scale (or at least, put it in the closet). Measuring your success based solely on the scale is not a good idea. Fit people are not necessarily skinny people. Skinny people have trouble lifting boxes and getting up the stairs without being winded. Fit people can go anywhere and do just about anything. They are only limited by their will to find adventure. What type of person do you want to be? Stop looking at the scale and gain muscle.
Get free weights to use at home. Free weights might run you a little bit of cash, but you can use them daily to lose fat and gain muscle.
Buy a pull up bar to put in your doorway. You can find one on Amazon that will meet your needs or you can probably score one at walmart. Even if you just use to hang on every once in awhile, it will definitely benefit you.
Whatever you do, be consistent. Keep working at it and don’t stop trying. It will be tough at first because you are pretty much guaranteed to be sore after that workout. Grimace through the pain and keep on fighting. Each and every day that you get up and workout is a day that you are making a better future for yourself.