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Resistance Is Good! Resistance Training Can Increase Your Weight Loss

Aug 17, 2007
Resistance training is a form of strength training in which exercises are performed against a specific opposing force. This helps define and build muscles and can contribute to weight loss.

There are two different types of exercise positions within the resistance-training realm. One type is the isotonic exercises, which are movements of a specific body part moving against a force, and isometric exercises are movements in which the body (or part of the body) is holding still against the force.

There are different ways in which resistance training can be performed for your overall health and well being. For instance, weight lifting, which is a large part of resistance training, can help you. These are the best type of resistance exercises, which help you build muscle. In fact, you can perform nearly your entire workout with a pair of adjustable dumbbells (the smaller ones that look like miniature barbells) and set of weight disks.

Many people start out using weight disks that are as light as five pounds each. You can also find some that are less than five pounds each, but these are usually ones that are not adjustable or interchangeable (There are two types of dumbbells, one is the fixed weight kind, and the other is the already mentioned adjustable kind). Both of these types have a specific purpose, which is to provide you with a force that you can work against to increase skeletal muscle strength and size.

Usually in order to lose weight while engaging in resistance training, it is recommended that you combine the weight training with certain aerobic exercises. Many times you can jog with weights, or complete certain step routines with them. In order to make it easier for you to use weights during high-impact exercise such as aerobic routines or jogging, it is usually easier to use weights, which you can fasten to your wrists and/or ankles.

Other types of resistance training include exercise machines, both those that have weights on them and those that do not. The ones with the weights on them add an extra force in which to help you work up a sweat quite a bit faster, depending upon the speed in which you do them. A unique type of device that is much like an exercise machine is the swimming machine, which is a small basin of water in which the user swims in place, similar to how someone would if that person was fighting for his or her life.

Other exercise devices that provide a degree of resistance are stair climbing machines and even treadmills. Any exercises where you are completing rapid motions within a confined area can not only help you with muscle formation but it can also help you burn excess calories. The degree of resistance of each type of exercise machine varies, and also depends upon how the user sets the resistance level on each machine.

Another type of resistance is the use of the humans own body weight. The most common example of this is when a person does push-ups. These can be the full push-ups in which the knees do not touch the ground, the half push-ups in which the knees touch the ground, and an alternative style pushup, in which a person starts out with their buttocks to the ground sitting up. These help build a persons arm muscles.

Sit-ups and crunches (like sit-ups but only lifting your head half way, often with your hands behind your back) often provide an amount of resistance to your abdominal area. Again, any type of resistance exercise can help you lose weight if you are performing them at a fast enough pace in which you will be able to burn calories and fat.

All of the above exercises should be performed at 60 percent of the persons maximum heart rate level. This is measured by taking your pulse and knowing what your pulse rate should be for someone your age, weight, and health. You can find free pulse rate calculators online, and you can find ways to figure out what your ideal pulse rate mathematically. You can also either check your pulse while you are exercising by hand or with the use of a pulse rate indicator.

You will benefit from any combination of the above exercises. If you are exercising for the first time in a long time you will need to take some precautions, however. Make sure that you start out slowly. This means you need to complete stretching exercises of all your major muscle groups (torso, legs, neck, arms, etc.) and then start your exercises at a walking pace, and gradually move faster and faster. Soon you will be working your body at a steady and moderate to brisk pace, and this is when you will burn the most calories.

If you follow all of the above tips while establishing a proper resistance training routine you will be able to lose weight before you know it. Furthermore, you will have a better quality of life.
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