It has been questioned time and time again, what is the best thing to do for fat loss? I’ve heard, “I run every day” or “do the elliptical multiple times a week but I don’t seem to lose weight or change my body into what I’m looking for, what am I doing wrong?” Well, to be honest I had the same issue until I started seeing a personal trainer who let me know what I was doing wrong for the goals I had. The solution was even better than I had hoped. The idea is to spend less time in the gym doing cardio and more time doing weights and circuits. Strength training through circuit workouts and high intensity training works by building muscle and allows little to no rest between sets. By training with little to no rest breaks you are getting your body into cardio mode while building muscle, the best of both worlds! Muscle burns more calories than fat at rest, so for you to increase your metabolism and burn more calories while you sit at work all day, the answer is to build your muscles.
Strength training is an important component of any exercise routine that emphasizes fat loss. Now, we all know women don’t want to “bulk up” so don’t worry, you won’t! Women can build muscle which will be long and lean due to the low level of testosterone we have compared to men. Don’t be afraid to lift weights or do your regular cardio routine because you think you will gain weight. Switching your workout routine every few weeks is very important to confuse your muscles so they change. If you do the same thing every day, your body adapts to it and won’t change. If your workout no longer leaves you sore or tired, its time to change so you are actually benefiting from it instead of wasting your time.
Don’t forget to supplement any great workout with a visit to your chiropractor! If your bones are misaligned, when you workout you may not be building your muscles symmetrically.
Remember, if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. Get out there and start adding circuit workouts with weights to your routine.
By Dr. Dana Laridaen, D.C.
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