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Strength Training Exercises That Will Improve Your Health

Aug 20, 2008
Is strength training part of your workout? Combined with a good cardiovascular workout, strength training is a great way to reduce stress, build muscle, and lose weight. There are many different alternatives to get a great resistant work out in. You can do Pilates, lift weights, sit ups, push ups, and many others. As you strength train, you will build and maintain muscle, which in turn will increase your metabolic rate and the number of calories that you will burn throughout the day.

A great way to get started is to slowly ease your way into it. Often times if you jump right in and do too much too quickly, you will be so sore after you finish your workout you will not want to go the next day. We want you to stick with it and make it a lifestyle, and not get discouraged right off the bat. So, if you are just a beginner, find a work out tape that is for beginners and start slow. Consider doing 2 to 3 sets of 5 to 10 repetitions and move up from there depending on how your work outs are going.

Make sure you are having fun. If you begin doing something you hate, it will not last long, you will quit as fast as you started. Find something that is more interesting to you that you could do for long periods of time and enjoy, this way you will always look forward to working out and see life long lasting results. Everyone has things that they enjoy, for example, some love to work out in the morning, others at night, find what best fits you.

Combine healthy eating habits as you are working out or else you will not see the results you are really looking for. Diet is actually 80% of looking and feeling good. You can beat your head in at the Gym day in and day out and not lose one pound because your diet is still no good. Trust me, I know, I did this for about two years until I figured out if I wanted to really lose the weight that I wanted to lose and feel a certain way I had to have more discipline in my eating habits and make it a lifestyle, not just a fad.

In your strength training exercises, add some protein to your diet especially if you are looking to build muscle. This will get you closer to your goals.

Remember, when you are exercising, always balance your work outs between strength training, cardiovascular, and flexibility exercises and combine that with healthy eating habits you are fully on your way to a fantastic body and feeling great!
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