Why Weights ?

February 10, 2009

After years of roller-coaster dieting and quick-fix weight-loss schemes, I finally found a formula that helped em shed more than 60 pounds and lose more that 25 inches: weight training combined with aerobic activity. Although health and fitness experts encourage us to take part in cardiovascular exercise, the latest research suggests that people who want to maintain maximum health and muscular fitness should supplement cardiovascular exercises with some form of weight-resistance training. Among weight training’s many proven benefits are:

Fat loss and muscle gain.

The more muscle you have the higher your resting metabolism. In turn, the higher your resting metabolism, the more calories you expend making it easier to lose subcutaneous fat (the visible fat under the skin).

Increased Strength.

Losing muscle and strength is a natural part of the aging process. Since a muscle only gains strength through proper use and overload, a good weight-training program can slow down the weakening process tremendously is executed properly and followed consistently. (Don’t worry girls, you won’t bulk up if you use light weights coupled with high repetitions. Instead, you’ll develop long lean muscles that are sleek and strong).

Improved Bone Density.

Weight training is a good defense against osteoporosis, a bone mineral loss disease that causes extreme weakening of bones. This disorder, as well as osteoarthritis and lower-back disorders, can be counteracted by weight training.

Fewer Joint Problems.

Attaining stronger muscles by weight training helps protect joints – such as the back, knees, hips, ankles and shoulders – and decrease risk of injury through increased support.

How Do I Begin?

Before you begin any exercise program – especially a weight training program – it’s important to first check with your doctor to make sure you’re up to the challenge. Next consult a local fitness trainer or aerobics professional who can introduce you to the weight rom equipment and safety features. (If you don’t belong to a health club, ask friends to get the names and numbers of trainers at their clubs who can help you after hours. Most personal trainers will also come to your home for individual sessions).

Another great way to start is with my Power Shaping II Video. This video uses light hand weights and takes you through a 45 min workout that teaches you how to use Power Shaping movements to shpe and sculpt your body.

The main thing is to start slowly at first using light weights and high repetitions no more than 3 times per week. Work hard and lift consistently and watch your body change shape before your very eyes!

About the Author:

Victoria Johnson is the nation’s premier Health & Fitness and Wealth & Spirit “activist.” Victoria is the owner and president of Victoria Johnson Intl., a personal training, consulting, marketing and management company. She is not only a fitness guru, she’s a born and bred entrepreneur. She believes everyone should be healthy and prosperous. She has produced and starred in over 24 award-winning exercise and dance fitness DVD’s and videos, produced and starred in her own television show entitled “Victoria’s Body Shoppe” and most recently authored her third book, Body Revival, Lose Weight, Feel Great and Pump Up Your Faith!

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