Myth:

 

I only need to do cardio to burn fat

Busting it:

 

We know that weight loss is achieved by having a caloric deficit each day and whilst endurance type training is important in shedding calories and maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system, it is not the only way to attain this. Resistance training has been shown to help shed unwanted body fat through elevating your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) which in in layman’s terms is the amount of calories you require to maintain normal bodily function at rest.

 

Research has suggested that Resistance Training helps speed up your BMR through building lean muscle mass when the principles are applied correctly.  Whilst resistance training may not burn as much calories per session as opposed to endurance, it is the effects of an increased BMR that work the magic in burning more fat and increasing fat free mass. What makes this even better is that you begin to burn more calories at rest.

 

Furthermore, resistance training helps improves many more aspects of physical conditioning including muscular strength, power, endurance and balance. There are endless benefits of resistance training for anyone looking to improve their overall physical health and well-being.

 

The take home message here, an exercise program should consist of aerobic conditioning, resistance training and flexibility to maintain a healthy body fat percentage, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and psycho-social well-being.

 

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 Accredited Exercise Scientist, Moussa Hijazi