Why do most of the Beachbody workouts incorporate resistance training with cardio training? Because weight training is essential for healthy weight loss and toning. Many people think cardio is the only way to burn fat but it's only half the equation.
This post is based on an article on the Beachbody Blog. Read the original article here.
For a summary on the most important points (in my opinion), see below:
1. Burn more Fat/Boost Metabolism
You want to lose fat but gain muscle. Just cardio helps you burn fat but not gain muscle so you want both. After weight training, you also burn more fat longer as your metabolism stays elevated for several hours. The older we get, the more muscle we lose so without weight training, a good portion of the weight you lose will be muscle, not fat (especially after the age of 40).
2. Change your Body Shape
Body shape isn't just all about genetics. Weight training can slim you down and create more curves. Don't worry, you won't bulk up. Women don't have enough muscle building hormones like men do to gain a lot of mass. As long as you eat well, you'll burn fat, not build bulk.
4. Improve Mental Health
Building muscle makes everyday tasks easier. It's empowering and confidence boosting to be able to pick up that heavy suitcase or carry your kids around all day. Strength training also releases endorphins which can help ease depression symptoms.
5. Build Strong Bones
Help maintain bone mass and prevent osteoporosis with weight training. Bones get stronger when they bear more weight, just like muscles. Strong bones and increased muscle mass also help with flexibility and balance.
6. Reduce Injuries
Improve joint stability and build stronger ligaments and tendons through strength training. You can also increase physical function in those with arthritis.
7. Increase Heart Health
Lifting weights increases your good cholesterol and decreases your bad cholesterol as well as lowering blood pressure.
8. Defend against Diabetes
Weight training can increase glucose utilization (the way your body processes sugar). The more lean mass you have, the more efficiently your body processes sugar.