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The importance of strength training for weight loss

The importance of strength training for weight loss

What's the best way to lose weight, cardio or strength training? Going for a run or lifting weights? Well. You should be doing both.

The key to losing weight is to mix cardio with strength training, as this will have a positive effect on your training efforts.

When you build muscle mass, you boost your resting metabolism. As a result you lose more weight in the form of fat, as your body has to burn more calories.

This doesn’t mean you have to go all Geoff Capes and lift heavy. You can still lift lighter weights, and with more reps you can get the same effect as you can with fewer reps and heavier weights.

The other thing about gaining muscle is that even when you aren’t exercising, the body still burns more calories. 10 pounds of muscle burns 50 calories a day just resting. Compare that to 10 pounds of fat which burns a mere 20 calories a day at rest. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn - without even trying! 

So if you do a cardio session and then go home, you’ll stop burning calories after the session. Whereas do a weight session, go home, and you’ll continue to reap the rewards.

If you’re looking to stay in shape, then keeping up the weight training alongside the cardio means you get a whole heap of other benefits.

Weight bearing exercises will also help increase bone density and you’ll improve your mobility.

When it comes to belly fat – the one we’re always trying to reduce the most, studies have shown that weight training has the strongest association with a firmer belly.

So although cardio is fantastic and should be part of your exercise regime, strength training really is just as important. A mix of the two will get you the best results.

What are you waiting for? Get your Hussle on and get down to the gym to lift some weights!

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Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.