Strength training, also called weight training or resistance training, is exercise that works to improve your muscular fitness through applying an external resistance against a muscle or muscle group. This resistance can come from free weights (dumbbells), weight machines, resistance bands, or body weight- none is better than another. So long as you apply a load to the muscle, it will adapt by getting stronger.
So often when we are trying to lose weight we focus on cardio and ignore strength training. However, there are numerous benefits in combining the two in a well-rounded workout, including the following:
Why It’s Important: To lose weight and keep it off, strength training must become part of your exercise routine. Not only will it help you burn more calories throughout the day, but it will also help you become more toned as you lose body fat.
Your Challenge: Add in two days of strength training this week. If you are new to it or unsure what to do, here is a simple workout you can complete with no equipment necessary!