Although it is commonly held that the best way to exercise for weight loss is to start off with cardiovascular exercises, the truth is that it is not the only option you have. Certainly, the increased heart rate helps to burn through fat unlike any other type of exercise, but there are other options that offer different, yet equally appealing advantages.
Let’s face it, the reason most of us want to lose weight is to look good. A lean and trim build is very much desirable, and most of us would do anything to look like a model and appeal to the opposite sex.
And yes, losing weight is the path to looking that way, but your body is built in a way that losing weight alone is not the only thing that you can do to look better. Part of the reason that models look so good is the fact that they have no fat on their bodies, and have some muscle to support their flesh.
Building up your muscles, and toning into shape, will give your body the form that you desire most. Not only that, but it will also ‘support’ whatever fat remains a lot better, meaning that you’ll actually end up looking better much faster than if you were just trying to lose weight.
Furthermore, weight training in itself is a legitimate form of weight loss exercise, and going about it will mean that you’re working your muscles and burning calories too. Admittedly, you won’t be burning as many calories during the workouts themselves, but the benefits of weight training are in many ways more longstanding than simple cardiovascular exercises.
Because you’re working your muscles to their limit, you’ll find that even after your exercise routine, your body is actually burning more calories than it normally would for hours afterwards.
On top of this, the extra muscle that you build up will mean that your body is expending more energy on a regular basis in order to perform even ordinary movements, which will also mean that you’re burning more calories in your everyday life than you normally would.
For people with low metabolism rates, this is something that is definitely beneficial as it will aid your weight loss even more than cardiovascular exercises would.
In fact, the only downside really is that initially, before you start losing a lot of weight, the extra bulk might make you look bigger than before. Still, in the long run, it is a small sacrifice when you compare it to the long term gains that you might achieve.
Honestly at the end of the day the choice is yours, but at some point or other you should consider the option of weight training so that you’re able to achieve that stunning body that you probably long for.
And once you do, you should be able to keep that body a lot more easily than otherwise.