If you are adult in America today, there is a high probability that you are overweight. While the definition of being overweight varies from person to person, you’d probably like to lose a few pounds.
Most people are aware that in order to lose weight, you need to eat less, and exercise more. Although this can be difficult to do, at least most people are aware of this.
Eating less is pretty straightforward. Less fast food, sugary, fatty food. More lean meats, and vegetables.
But what about exercise? This is where many people get confused. Most women are under the impression that cardio is good, and weight training, or strength training is bad. Many are under the impression that strength training will increase muscle size. And since we want to decrease our body size, that seems like a bad thing.
Nothing could be further from the truth. First of all, it is much harder for women to get big muscles than it is for men. We can thank mother nature for that.
The beauty of strength training is that it builds up lean muscle mass. And the more lean muscle mass you have, the higher your resting metabolism will be. With a high resting metabolism, you actually increase the amount of calories you burn, twenty four hours a day. It’s the calories you burn when you are not working out that make a big difference.
The best way to do this is through exercise that targets the large muscle groups. Also, to do large numbers of repetitions, and low weights, instead of the other way around.
A great way to do this is through body weight exercises. One of the best way to do this is through yoga. Other ways are push ups, sit ups and pull ups. You’ll be amazed how quickly doing these exercises will increase your metabolism.
When you combine a sensible exercise program that aims to increase your lean muscle mass, and decent eating habits, it will be almost automatic to quickly get into fantastic shape.Technorati Tags: diet, exercise, fatness, fitness, obesity, weight loss, womens health