Burn the calories with resistance workouts
You may have heard the phrase ‘muscle burns fat’ but what does that actually mean? Resistance training helps you build muscle and the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body will burn at rest. Why? Simply put, muscle burns a much higher percentage of calories at rest than body fat which expends far fewer calories. Each pound of muscle on your body uses about 30-60 calories per day. So, if resistance training can get your metabolism firing 24 hours of the day, even when you’re just sitting around on the sofa, you’ll find yourself burning calories. That’s why a resistance training workout is the exercise routine you need if you’re trying to lose excess weight.
The weight training afterburn
Cardio is an important part of any weight loss gym programme but when you’re done on the elliptical machine, your calorie-burning time is pretty much done too. It’s not quite the same with a strength training workout. With resistance training you’ll benefit from the fabled afterburn effect or EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). That means you’ll continue to burn calories for at least an hour after you’ve finished a fitness session in your Xercise4Less gym. Depending on the intensity and length of your weight training you can in fact enjoy a post-exercise calorie combustion of up to 48 hours. Just think, you could be sleeping and fat burning at the same time! If weight loss is a goal of yours, incorporating strength training into your fitness routine is a real no-brainer.
Resistance training for better health
This may be an obvious point but it’s one still worth making; resistance training makes you stronger and fitter for everyday life. Lifting weights or doing bodyweight exercises will of course add tone and definition to your muscles so you look good, but it will also make lifting, bending, and pulling far easier too. Your general health and wellbeing will also be enhanced as strength training protects your bone health and muscle mass, particularly important as we age. Work out using resistance training and you’ll develop better body mechanics and enjoy better balance. Weight training will even improve your mood and boost your energy. That’s why a great Xercise4Less Gyms exercise program for weight loss will always include some resistance training.
Resist unwanted fat with Xercise4Less resistance training
Put some muscle behind your weight loss journey and try some resistance training at your local Xercise4Less gym. Our gym facilities are packed with calorie-burning equipment for you to use as well as innovative workout areas that help you burn fat quicker like the Ladies Only Gym Zone. Choose from up to 40 fitness classes designed to get your heart racing and your metabolism ramped up. Or work out with expert Personal Trainers in our fat-burning Boot Camps. You can always depend on the Xercise4Less gym community to be right by your side as you fight the battle of the bulge!