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There are so many benefits to building muscle; you will get stronger for one.

Weight training is an excellent way of combating several symptoms we all face as we get a little older. After the age of thirty there is a loss of 3-5% of muscle mass per decade, making day to day tasks gradually harder to perform, slowing down the metabolism and increasing the risk of fat gain. Resistance exercise can reduce bone deterioration and build bone mass, preventing osteoporosis. It has been proven to have a positive effect on insulin resistance, resting metabolism, blood pressure, body fat and gastrointestinal transit time. These factors could link to reducing the likelihood of illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer

Anther positive note, the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism. So this means you are burning more calories even while sleeping, as your body needs to use more calories to fuel your muscle mass, which could help you to burn extra fat!

Toned seems to be a popular word of choice when people are trying to lose weight or improve the way their body looks. If you want to look toned, you need muscle; you can’t tone what you don’t have.

You don’t want to get bulky from lifting weights?
You won’t get bulky from lifting weights; it would take a lot of time and hard work to even get the slightest bit of muscle definition. It would take heavy weights, hours of dedication, the right nutrition, even years to get slight lean muscle definition. Muscles are not what make you bulky; it’s usually the fat above, beneath and in between the muscles.

You don’t want to lose weight or lose your curves but want to look toned?
If you want to look toned, you’ll need muscle. You’ll need to lift weights, or you could use your body weight. You don’t need to lose weight; it’s the fat you need to lose to have muscle definition. Don’t be alarmed when the scale goes up after resistance training due to muscle growth. To have tone and definition, you need to get rid of that excess layer of fat covering it. We all have abs under that layer of fat somewhere.

Let’s just clear one thing up; fat doesn’t turn into muscle and visa versa. Fat and muscle are completely different; you can burn fat and gain fat, you can build muscle and lose muscle mass. Muscle weighs more per square inch than fat, so while your weight might not be dropping very quickly; your clothes will feel baggier, and you will see a healthier, more toned you in the mirror. That’s far more important than anything those scales have to say.

 

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