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Maximize Your Metabolism With Strength Training

November 9, 2010 Print This ArticleShare

Author: Michael Greeves

Strength training is your ticket to taking back control of your body and maximizing your metabolism. Strength training not only improves your appearance, giving you a leaner body, but it also improves the metabolic function of your body with a big boost.

Strength training involves the use of weight machines, body weight exercises, and hand weights to increase your lean muscle mass and help you burn fat. Strength training is a crucial component to any weight reduction program. Strength training doesn’t always have to involve complicated, challenging routines only a bodybuilder can perform. Strength training can simply be used to firm, tone, and increase muscle size without having the body of a ripped bodybuilder.

Strength training forces the muscles of the body to push against resistance of some sort, this usually being in the form of a barbell or a dumbbell.  By working these muscles, muscle fibers are broken down, and the process by which they rebuild themselves uses large amounts of metabolic energy. This process occurs after the workout, which means you not only get a workout during the workout, but afterwards as well. That’s why it’s crucial to give yourself sufficient periods of rest post-workout when committing to a strength-training program.

A strength training program can be performed anywhere. It’s true that most often a strength-training program is accompanied by weights at the gym, you can easily use your own weights at home. Make it even simpler and use your own body weight. Push-up and chin-ups will give you the same results.

Strength training not only boosts your metabolism, but it also increases your bone mineral density. Your whole skeletal system is strengthened, which lessens the possibility of fragile bones later in life. Strength training also increases the strength of not just your muscular system, but your skeletal system as well.

A positive side effect of strength training is a reduction in body fat. You not only burn calories while you’re lifting weights, but you also increase your base metabolic rate, which means you burn more fat all day long. Weight training also helps strengthen the cardiovascular system, which can lower your blood pressure and risk of heart disease.

Your main goal for starting a strength training program may be to increase your metabolism, but don’t be fooled into thinking that’s the only benefit of this type of workout. Boosting your metabolism is just the beginning!

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