Weight Training for Weight Loss

Weight training combines building muscle tone and working
the cardiovascular system. Weight training tones your
muscles and raises your metabolism, which helps your
body burn more calories not only when exercising, but also
while you sleep.

Weight training reverses the natural decline in your
metabolism, which begins around age 30 therefore this is
something to think about for all those who have reached that

Working with weights can produce a great deal of energy,
and a full workout works almost all of the 650 muscles in your
body. Looking toward long-term benefits, weight training
strengthens bones, which can reduce your risk of developing
osteoporosis. This of course is of very big concern amongst
women, since osteoporosis afflicts women much more than men.

Many women worry that weight training will make them muscular
and bulky like a man but you must keep in mind that men and
women have different muscular structures, therefore weight
training will not develop big muscles on women, just toned

Not only is weight training a routine that makes you
strong, it is a routine that trains the body to build muscle
instead of fat, takes stress off key areas of the body such as
the lower back, making you less prone to injury in that area.

Since high blood pressure or hypertension is a big concern with
those who are obese, it is welcome news that weight training
decreases your resting blood pressure.Weight training has also
been proven to increase your blood level of HDL cholesterol,
which is commonly referred to as "good cholesterol.Overall
health is definitely improved through weight training.

It is best to start with a plan, which may be joining a gym
where you can regularly go to get a full workout, or purchasing
a home workout system that uses resistance instead of weights
but produces similar results. You must assess what type of
person you are, and make the appropriate decision from there.

If you like the idea of going out somewhere daily for your
workout, welcoming the change of scenery and benefiting from
the comradery of others who are also training, then you may want
to opt for a gym membership. However, if you know you are the
type that enjoys working alone and will not work out unless its  
in the convenience of your home where you do not have to get
dressed and go out, then the home gym system option is for you.
Only you can make this assessment of yourself.

Some popular home gym systems include CrossBarTM and BowFlexTM.
Many quality home workout systems exist, but of course none
when not used, so be sure that you remain focused and dedicated
to your plan.

Whatever you do,make your exercise experience one you look
forward to each day.

Ken Shorey is owner of http://vibranthealthnow.com
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