By Magda Wilk
Being weak is a choice and so is being strong. Every day you can make a choice to get stronger or you can do nothing. Creating room for regular workouts should be on the top of your list of priorities. You have only one body in this life. Treat it well and it will treat you well in return.
I often hear excuses about lack of time but guess what? There are 1440 minutes in each day and you only need 30 -45 of them to workout. If you can find 30 -45 minutes three times a week, you will already notice a big difference in how you feel, look and live your life.
Looking for quick fix? Don’t!
Don’t be fooled by false advertising.
Every time we turn on the TV we are bombarded with the latest way to lose fat and achieve the body of our dreams. With so many diets, gadgets and magic pills available it is no wonder that so many of us are confused about how to lose weight. Anyone who has ever dedicated themselves to fitness or bodybuilding knows that there is no quick fix. There is however one effective way to lose weight, get stronger and healthier: consistency. You need to be consistent in training, proper diet, good technique and form. Strength training is an excellent way to lose fat and build the body you want.
Benefits of Strength Training
One of the problems our generation is facing is a very sedentary lifestyle. Desk jobs, watching TV or driving in a car all day. Strength training comes with many benefits. Simply put – life is easier when you are strong.
Strength training increases endurance, bone density, strengthens your joints, lowers cholesterol, improves your sleep, builds a stronger heart, reduces your resting blood pressure, improves blood flow and helps control blood sugar.
It also teaches you persistence, sacrifice, self-control, responsibility, enhances self-confidence, improves your balance and coordination.
When you start training you will lose 40% more fat. Strength training is the biggest secret to fat loss.
You will burn more calories even while you are resting. Your muscles need energy to repair and upgrade your muscle fibers after each resistance training workout. For comparison, cardio
only burns calories during your workout.
You will have an increase in energy. When you exercise and eat right your energy levels increase as the body is working at peak efficiency.
You will cut your cancer risk. Women who strength train are up to 80% less likely to develope breast cancer and decrease their chances of developing other cancers by up to 60%.
You will be happier – you will have less stress and anxiety. Research proves that strength training releases the happy hormone and improves overall mood.
One of my favorite benefits is that you will add years to your life. Getting stronger means you will live longer. New research proves that total body strength is linked with lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and all other causes. You will also keep your body young – the secret to turning back the clock is weight training (of course).
So what are you waiting for? Pick up your weights, get away from your computer and start training.
If however you are not sure where to start or what to do – you should join us on our adventure Wilk Fitness Vacations where we combine the fun of travel with a fitness lifestyle. We teach you what to eat and how to train, so you can change your lifestyle and become the new, improved version of you.
Magda Wilk is Her City Lifestyle’s contributing writer for health and fitness and co-owner and operator of Wilk Fitness.