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Strength Training vs. Cardio-- Which is Better?

Oct 8, 2010
Intensive strength training helps preserve body mass and at the same time assisting in long term fat loss. Individuals who lift weights and perform other strength training routines like squats and pushups may not lose those extra pounds but shed fats. And because of the fact that the body's muscles are more compact than fats, their bodies look leaner, toned and streamlined even if they don't lose weight at all. Strength training helps promote weight loss by increasing muscle mass and the body burns a lot more calories even when it is at rest.

Woman Weight Trainers
Women who tend to go into weight training wont bulk up as the males can unless they indulge themselves in supplemental steroids or innately have higher testosterone levels in the bloodstream. Females who tend to gain lean muscle look slimmer when they lift weights because muscle is always denser than fat and is also takes up lesser space as well.

On Weight Loss Concerns
Weight training is preferred over dieting when it comes to achieving permanent weight loss. Most dieters regain their respective lost weights, weight trainers seldom regain it. This is due to the fact that eating lower amounts of calories also decreases the human body's metabolic rate or the total amount of calories burned when performing activities. As an end result, after dieting, it will only take few calories for you to gain those unwanted weight back. Most extreme dieters are low on energy because their system lack the fuel needed for exercise and other daily activities. In the long run, low activity levels may result to weight gain as well. Moreover, a lot of diets have adverse effects compared to a good strength training workout that improves health and reduces the risk of injury and other cardiovascular diseases. Dieting may also decrease a person's muscle mass that can make the body look flabbier and softer whereas strength training makes your body appear firmer.

Increasing your Body's Metabolism
Weight and strength training enables you to burn more calories in your day to day activities and not only during your workout sessions. Muscles require more calories for maintenance compared to fats. Those who weight train constantly burn calories even when they are sitting, doing household chores or even digesting food. Strength training may also increase your body's metabolic rate to about 15 percent.

Doing Things Slowly but Surely
Nowadays, people are resorting to regimens that will make them lose weight pretty fast. But not a lot of people know that those who lose weight hastily also tend to put it back in the future. The best way to lose those unwanted fats is to take it slowly and at a steady pace through a combination of proper exercise and the right diet. Try to reduce your daily consumption of sugars, fats, and carbohydrates. The human body uses complex carbohydrates to fuel its systems so make sure you include cereals, whole grains, brown rice, fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Charmaine Ann Enerio is a registered nurse and a freelance writer in Manila, Philippines. Currently, she specializes in neonatal intensive care and in health & wellness. As an advocate of women's health, Charmaine is planning on pursuing a degree in midwifery that would focus more on helping women before, during and after their pregnancies. Writing has always been her passion and has been an editor ever since her high school years. A good thing about Charmaine is the way she balances her career as a health care professional and as a writer. Nursing has given her the chance to serve her fellow countrymen and also write about her various experiences. As a medical professional, she focuses more on holistic and patient centered care. Charmaine is blessed with a wonderful family and a loving fiancé. Check out her blog site at troika1987.wordpress.com.

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