4 reasons why you should lift weights

4 reasons why you should lift weights

Tired of spending all this time in the gym doing cardio and still not having those abs of steel? You need iron – quite literally. Studies have found that doing some strength training with weights reduces your overall body fat, making your body slimmer and leaner.

Not convinced? Here are four of the many reasons you should give it a try:

You lose more fat
The key to blasting body fat - you can loose up to 40 per cent more when pumping iron. Additionally, the more muscles you have, the more fat you will burn - especially if you are exercising at the right intensity.

You burn more calories
By doing circuit exercises without stopping, your body will get a super workout. It will also trigger the Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC); this refers to how long your metabolism is elevated after exercise, burning calories reportedly up to 38 hours after your exercise.

It slims your body
One pound of fat takes up 18 per cent more space in your body than one pound of muscles – in other words, muscles keep your body lean and sculpted, as they take up less 'space'.

Reduces heart attacks
Lifting has a positive effect on your blood pressure. Doing three total-body weight workouts a week will reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

*All Fitness-Social entries are merely information - not advice. If users need medical advice, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.*


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