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WHY MUSCLE TRAINING WORK IS HARD TO RESIST
Many women over look resistance training as an effective fat-burning tool, but it’s a great aid to weight loss.
When it comes to working out, many people believe the fat-burning and weight loss is all to with aerobic exercise and that resistance training is really only for muscle building. But resistance training- that’s muscle strengthening work using your body or equipment as resistance is just as important as aerobic exercise for successful fat loss. There are several reasons for this:
Years ago, people didn’t need to go to exercise classes or the gym because their lifestyles were sufficient to keep them fit and strong. They retained their muscle strength and power because they had to undertake physical tasks in the workplace and around the home. Today, labour saving devices mean that, for many of us, there is no need for our muscles to remain strong, and we start to lose muscle after the age of 30. This makes everyday tasks gradually harder to perform, slows down our metabolism and increases our risk of weight gain. So as we get older, we have to make an effort to exercise in order to prevent our muscles from shrinking and wasting.
MIDDLE AGE SPREAD
An inactive adult typically loses around half a pound of muscle per year – that’s almost a stone every decade. So, our fat burning furnace gets smaller, which means there is less muscle to burn off calories. If we don’t change our eating habits, we will store excess calories as fat and put on weight. Since body fat takes up more space than muscle, our waists get bigger and middle age spread takes over.
Muscle loss makes it much more difficult to control our weight. While aerobic exercise is a great way to improve heart and lung fitness. Resistance training is much more effective at building healthy well toned muscles.
Generally men tend to combine aerobic and resistance training during a work out. Women are more likely to do cardiovascular exercise and are more reluctant to do resistance training for fear of getting bulky muscles. However women do not have the testosterone levels necessary to build big muscles. Instead, they develop leaner and stronger muscle fibres with less fat between each fibre which results in more slender muscles greater muscle tone. Doing 30 minutes of resistance training two to three times a week is sufficient to produce results.
Date: 25-Jan-13 15:55
Many lower back issues can stem from poor posture and for us ladies who nearly always carry extra weight on the chest than the Gents; this can be a real issue.Read More
Date: 29-Dec-12 22:54
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Have you set goals for a new you in 2013? Well if you have, here are some tips on how to succeed in the year to come.
Decide what you want and be positive.Read More
Date: 24-Oct-12 11:09
With Christmas fast approaching, and the shops all stocked and ready for hoards of shoppers, many of us we will soon be heading out there to do the bulk buying that we all seem to do for Christmas.
Date: 03-Oct-12 09:17
Many of us suffer from back pain on a regular basis, where no medical reason can be found to explain it.
Well maybe its our lifestyle thats causing us the discomfort and pain mainly STRESS.
The powerful relationship between stress and lower back pain cannot be ignored.
The effect of stress on the body, whether it be a stressful day at the office or tension at home, can be a massive contraction of the muscles of the body.Read More
Date: 20-Sep-12 18:35
Basic understanding of the Spine
Functions of the Spine
The three main functions of the spine are:
Date: 12-Sep-12 14:14
What is the Core?
I like to think of the core as a can that has a lid a base and a cylindrical body
Date: 02-Sep-12 09:01
Date: 25-Aug-12 13:37
Have you ever been in a Pilates or abs class and been told to put your pelvis in neutral? and wondered why and how? well let me explain why, a neutral pelvis places the joint at the bottom of the spine in its strongest position.
Before finding neutral we have to explore the full range of pelvic tilt.
Date: 15-Aug-12 13:57
CAN SITTING TOO MUCH KILL YOU?
With the winter months and dark nights approaching fast, the temptation to sit and watch TV rather than going out and getting active becomes over
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Date: 08-Jul-12 14:54
The sun was out to day In Rochdale and it made me think of the summer hols with the kids finishing school shortly you will all be of to warmer climates and we know what that means!!!! Bikinis and custumes.
Date: 01-Jul-12 21:02
Having problems with motivation? Take a look at the reasons to exercise below and get moving
With all we now know about the benefits of exercise, it's hard to believe more of us don't work out.Read More
Date: 24-May-12 08:45
where have all the years gone, it seems only moments ago when I was planning my wedding.Read More
Date: 20-May-12 12:00
Bupa great Manchester run
Today is the day that thousands of people will be lining up to take part in the Manchester 10k usually I would be one of them, but this year due to a persist back injury I am having toRead More
Date: 11-May-12 10:27
Hi and welcome to May's blog, as you know if you read my last
blog I went on holiday over Easter, the weather wasn't brilliant but we
all had a good rest and a change of scene. Here's a picture of myself with
daughter and hubby about to have dinner.
Date: 08-Mar-12 04:19
Pelvic floor issues explained Read More
Date: 14-Nov-11 17:27
How many times did you hear your mother say that? Well maybe we should have listened Poor posture will throw the body out of its correct alignment, so certain muscles become overworked, while others, such as the stomach muscles, start to weaken through lack of use. This can cause undue stress and strain, especially on the lower back Read More
Date: 24-Sep-11 18:54
Pelvic Floor exercises Read More