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Strength training not only tones your body, it will boost metabolism so you will burn more calories at rest.
Here's how: When you exercise with weights regularly (twice a week will do it), you build up the proportion of muscle in your body compared with fat. Muscle burns more energy that fat when you're working out, watching TV, and even when you're asleep and studies show that your metabolism stays boosted by as much as 20 percent for several hours after an intense strength training session.
And remember that the more you burn, the more “discretionary calories” you have to spend, so whether your goal is weight maintenance or weight loss, boosting your metabolism with strength training makes it easier to factor dessert (in moderation, of course) into your diet!
|Sheri Ann Richerson|