Not convinced?

This might encourage you to pick up some weights!

“It turns out that while lifters didn’t burn as many calories during their workouts as the folks who ran or biked, they burned far more calories over the course of the next several hours. This phenomenon is known as the afterburn–the additional calories your body burns off in the hours and days after a workout. When researchers looked at the metabolic increases after exercise, they found that the increased metabolic effects of aerobics lasted only 30 to 60 minutes. The effects of weight training lasted as long as 48 hours. That’s 48 hours during which the body was burning additional fat. Over the long term, both groups lost weight, but those who practiced strength training lost only fat, while the runners and bikers lost muscle mass as well. The message: Aerobic exercise essentially burns only at the time of the workout. Strength training burns calories long after you leave the gym, while you sleep, and maybe all the way until your next workout. Plus, the extra muscle you build through strength training means that in the long term, your body keeps burning calories at rest just to keep that new muscle alive.

That raises a question. What aspect of strength training creates the long afterburn? Most likely, it’s the process of muscle repair. Weight lifting causes your muscle tissues to break down and rebuild themselves at a higher rate than normal. (Muscles are always breaking down and rebuilding; strength training simply accelerates the process.)” The Abs Diet

*Photo provided by Women’s Health article: Cardio vs Strength-Training


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4 Responses

  1. And this is precisely why I do strength training.

    • And I’m sure you are reaping the benefits!! 😉

  2. Hey Stewy…your blogs are short…to the point and good. Love reading them. I was a big time NO NO of weight training and now it’s what i advocate for. Visit my blog http://workoutfreak.wordpress.com/ Keep posting. Love ur writes.

    • Those are very nice things to say, just what I needed to hear! Thank you for taking the time to not only read but also comment. Your support is very much appreciated. All the best with your blog! Happy workouts… YOU GO GIRL!!!

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