Beyond Muscle Size & Strength

Beyond Muscle Size & Strength Most people work out to improve the way they look and/or how well they perform during athletic competition, even if the big event is just a pick up game in the park with friends. An article in Harvard University's online HEALTHbeat publication points out some very compelling additional reasons to regularly engage in resistance exercise.

Strong muscles can more efficiently utilize oxygen and nutrients carried by the bloodstream. Muscular strength also promotes more effective blood sugar control and reduces the level of cardiac effort required to perform any physical activity. Then there's weight control. Muscle mass tends to elevate your metabolic rate, helping you burn more calories throughout the day.

True Strength Moment: Weight lifting doesn't have to take the form of bars and plates. In addition to the various machines that help make resistance exercise safer for those who train without a spotting partner, there are simple body weight exercises like chins and push ups as well as TRX straps that also use your body weight for resistance. If you think about it, there are lots of ways to keep resistance training real.
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