Many who go to the gym to lose weight or tone their bodies focus on only cardio, and forget the weights. This may be the fear of bulking or feeling like it’s not as much calorie burn as other cardio workouts. This is far from the truth, as weight training is just as important as your cardio exercises. So next time you walk past those weights, pick one up, and give it a lift.

Weight training can benefit your workouts in more ways than one:

  • It is important to increase your rate of metabolism when looking to lose weight. When lifting weights you build muscle. 20 calories are burned per pound of muscle as 5 calories are burned per pound of fat, so as you build muscle you are increasing calories burned throughout your day and increase your rate of metabolism as much as 15%.
  • As you get stronger and build more muscle your endurance levels increase, because of the extra strength, helping you to workout longer.
  • Weight Training will not lead to bulking in women as a woman’s body is not built to do this naturally, but will tone and sculpt your body.
  • Weight training can reduce health risk. All of the benefits above, lead to a healthier body, decreasing your chance of health risks.

Grab a weight that challenges you but is not too hard to do about 8-12 reps of each exercise. Make sure to chose a variety of weight exercises to sculpt your entire body. For optimal results and a sculpted body, it is suggested to lift weights at least 3 times a week for at least 15-20 minutes, while working on a healthy diet, and adding cardio to your routine.