We used to think that we had to run a lot or load up on some cardio if we wanted to lose fat.
Weightlifting, we were told, wasn’t so good for losing weight. It just makes you bigger & bulkier, right?
Well, now we know that’s not true. Science shows that strength training is more effective than cardio if you’re trying to lose fat. It also produces a range of other super-important health benefits that everyone needs.
And, no, ladies – LIFTING WEIGHTS WILL NOT TURN YOU INTO THE INCREDIBLE HULK. We promise. Even 25-year-old boys who want huge muscles have to lift a ton of weight for a long time to get them. And that’s not what we’re talking about here.
The secret to weight training is this: Unlike cardio, it burns calories long after you’re done exercising. It raises your metabolic rate, burning more fat than cardio alone can do. Strength training also:
- Makes shapelier bodies
- Improves sleep
- Builds stronger bones
- Improves posture
- Boosts energy, mood, and confidence
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do cardio, too! Run, ride, spin, swim, and to your heart’s content (pun intended).