Trade The Treadmill For The Weights
You want a lifestyle change. You want to get in shape, be healthier, and feel more comfortable in your skin. But every time you finally bring yourself to the gym, you dread every long minute on the treadmill. You've been doing this four times a week, every week for a month and no results at all!
Some people like cardio, some people even LOVE cardio. For many, however, just the idea is enough to send shivers down the spine. Although running is great for your heart, it's definitely not necessary to slave over a treadmill for hours for results. In fact, you will see better results when you trade that treadmill for a set of weights!
Weight-lifting burns more calories than cardio
Fact. Once you get off a treadmill or elliptical, the calorie burning halts. Although you might not sweat as much as running in a hot gym, lifting weights can help you burn calories up to 48 hours later. TWO days! Plus, weight-lifting builds lean muscle which burns fat and speeds up your overall metabolism. The more muscle you have on your body, the more you'll be constantly burning every day.
A treadmill won't get you toned
Yes, cardio will help you lose weight. However, eventually it breaks down existing tissues, leaving you undefined. You can run for miles and miles all day every day, but that won't get you the abs we see all over Instagram. The real way to get abs, a smaller waist, and toned legs is to hop on one of the weight machines.
Lifting will have you leaving the gym feeling powerful and confident
If I'm lacking energy, I'll get off a treadmill feeling lethargic, sweaty, and gross. The food I ate that day sits heavy in my stomach. However, lifting weights make me feels powerful, strong, and confident. I leave the gym full of energy and excited for the next day instead of crawling out, never wanting to come back.
It even will improve your mental health! A Harvard study found that 10 weeks of strength training improved the patients mental health more than standard counseling.
Cardio can put pressure on joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments
Growing up playing field hockey, where we would run 6-8 miles daily, there was never a shortage of shin splints (they hurt as bad as they sound), torn ligaments, and stress fractures. Only teenagers in high school, new injuries would arise weekly. Don't get me wrong, cardio is great for your body! It is amazing for your heart and reduces obesity, heart disease, and blood pressure. However, too many women think it's the only way to get in shape and can over-do it.
Lifting weights helps increase bone strength
Women are four times more likely than men to become diagnosed with osteoporosis, and can lose up to 20% of their bone mass within 5 years following menopause. By regularly lifting, you can increase your bone density, which reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
Live a stronger life
Be able to lift that TV up the stairs, carry in all the groceries at once, and beat anyone at a arm wrestling contest! Adding some cardio to your routine has it's own set of benefits, but it's not the only answer to get in shape- especially if you hate it.
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