Despite what the diet pill commercials tell you, weight loss is not always an easy process. It’s not something that can be achieved overnight. Weight loss is a fantastic health goal, and it takes a lot of perseverance and determination.
Strength training can help you achieve both!
For starters, weight lifting and muscle training makes your metabolism more effective. Over time, strength exercises increase your resting metabolic rate. This is the rate that your body burns calories when you’re not engaging in any kind of exercise at all. It is also determined by your muscle mass.
When you increase your muscle mass, you increase your body’s ability to burn calories. When you pair that with a healthy diet and a good amount of cardio, resistance training actually makes you better able to lose weight.
Because having stronger (and bigger) muscles means a higher metabolism, it also helps you keep the weight off once you achieve your own personal fitness goals.
Strength exercises also have a secondary benefit to weight loss: they keep you motivated. We all know that hour-long runs or marathon Zumba sessions can get boring after awhile. By switching things up, resistance training lets you keep your personal fitness new and exciting. It’s a kind of mental change of scenery, increasing your performance and maintaining your motivation.