If you’re like most people, you’re trying to lose weight.
In effort to lose weight, if you’re like most people, you have a gym membership but you don’t use it consistently.
You have equipment (ie. Peloton, exercise videos, treadmill, weights) that is collecting dust in your home.
You want to start to exercise, but unsure how. So, you started walking or running a few days each week, but you are not seeing the results you expected.
If you’re not happy with your results in the gym, that’s common. It’s the #1 reason why people quit exercising.
The good news is, if that sounds like you, you’re just like most of the people that contact us looking for help.
While we may run some, much of our personal training and group classes focuses on high intensity strength training.
If you’re wondering why walking is not enough and running sucks, and why strength training may be a better option for you, here’s a few reasons to consider;
1. Walking and running will not build muscle mass. Muscle increases your metabolism. That means with more muscle, comes more calories burned each day. The more calories you burn, the more weight you’ll lose.
2. Studies have shown that you can burn calories for up to 72 hours after strength training. During endurance training, or cardio, most people will stop burning calories within an hour of exercise. Therefore, for the same amount of time of exercise, you’ll burn more calories with strength training.
3. Strength training and adding muscle will help to protect your joints. Many people that come to us complaining of pain (especially lower back and knees) often see improvements in their pain within 60 days of strength training. It can help keeps joints healthy and reduce your symptoms of arthritis.
4. Strength training will help keep your bones strong as you age. It will reduce your risk of fractures. Strength training is the # 1 most effective way to prevent osteoporosis.
If you love to walk, jog or run; keep with it!
If you want to get the most bang for your buck with your time, make sure to add strength training into a well-rounded exercise program.