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Archive for August, 2012

Strong Reasons to Start Strength Training

Strength training — whether you use weight training machines, elastic resistance bands, dumbbells, barbells or simply the weight of your body — offers many health benefits. The January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter lists reasons why it’s good to add strength training to your exercise regimen. Benefits include: * Increasing bone density: This reduces […]

Bathroom scales are useless

So ignore the bathroom scale. It is not useful for telling you how successful you are in losing body fat. I don’t use one at all. The only measure you should use is a “fat scale” or a caliper. A caliper is the best way to measure body fat. Body fat calipers measure the thickness […]

Don’t lose the muscle you’ve already built

So with that crazy myth covered, let’s get back to the main point here, which is that engaging in strength training will conserve the muscle mass you have now. Now here’s why this is so important. It’s very easy for your body to shed useless muscle. So if you’re not using a muscle, your body […]

Strength train while losing weight

  Your body adapts to the need You see, the body is an adaptive system. It will adapt to whatever loads you place on it. So if you are a heavier person and you’re carrying around body fat, then your body will adapt by creating stronger muscles to lift your body. It’s almost like doing a […]

Why weight loss requires strength training, even in women and seniors

Did you know that strength training is crucial for successfully losing weight and keeping it off? I’m talking about weight-bearing exercise. It doesn’t have to be a huge, hulking workout where you’re trying to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime, it just has to be some basic strength training. Why is strength training important […]