Who doesn’t want to improve their strength? Almost everyone wishes they were just a little bit stronger, right? Carrying groceries, walking upstairs, cleaning your house, or even getting in and out of a car all require some level of strength. Wouldn’t it be nice if your muscles could lift just a little bit more, a little bit longer? Wouldn’t it be great to do certain activities with a bit more ease?
That’s where strength training comes in.
Strength training is exactly what it sounds like - training the strength of your muscles. Not all exercise is created equal. There are a couple of different types of exercise, all serving their own unique purpose. The main purpose of strength training is to make you stronger.
Strength training simply is a type of exercise that focuses on improving the strength of your muscles. You do this by participating in exercises that create a force on the muscles through the use of dumbbells, exercise machines, or even your own body weight. By using your muscles to fight the resistance, you are building up strength.
Most people think that they need to be hitting the gym and lifting heavy weights to partake in a strength training workout but that is far from true! Using your own body weight such as when you do a push-up or squat also works the muscles and counts as strength training.
Participating in a strength training routine will benefit you BIG time both prior to and after bariatric surgery. Strength training helps with your posture and balance, prevents injuries down the road, gives your body a toned, fit appearance, and will turn you into a calorie-burning machine.
Strength training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat. The more muscle you have, the better your body burns calories. This is especially crucial for anyone in the bariatric community. By building muscle, your body will automatically burn more calories even when you’re just sitting down. More calories burned = more weight lost.
There’s no doubt that adding strength-building exercises to your workout routine will make all the difference in your weight loss success. No matter where you are in your journey, you should begin strength training today.
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