Why Is Resistance Training an Important Part of Fitness?
Resistance training is a great tool for getting the most out of your fitness plan. But why?
Let’s start with the benefits. Resistance training helps…
- Increase lean muscle mass
- Enhance metabolic function
- Release hormones that increase fat burn
- Give you the sculpted physique you want
These are just a few of the reasons we encourage you to add resistance training to your Get Fit 21 Challenge.
Why Does Resistance Training Work?
Your body is constantly adjusting and adapting to the things you throw at it. You may have noticed that when you start a new exercise routine, your body responds quickly. Your results seem immediate at first, but as time goes on the same routine becomes less and less effective. If you don’t constantly increase the intensity of your workout, your body adjusts and your results stagnate.
Cardiovascular routines are a perfect example of this. Cardio is a fantastic way to burn fat and improve your overall health, but it doesn’t give you the same response as resistance training. If cardio exercise is the only focus of your exercise regimen, your body is more likely to adapt, and you’ll end up burning fewer calories than you could.
Just because your body is more efficient at burning fat during a cardio session doesn’t mean you’re burning more fat. Think of your body as a fuel efficient car. It conserves energy and uses the least amount of muscle to improve your endurance.
Cardio is most effective when combined with a resistance training routine. If cardio is like a fuel efficient car, resistance training is a diesel engine truck. Your body demands more energy during resistance training, which allows you to burn more calories and fat in a shorter amount of time.
Cardiovascular exercise is an important component of overall health, but you need both cardio and resistance training to really get fit.
Getting the Most Out of Your Resistance Workout
The benefits of resistance training aren’t just physical. It’s also a very flexible form of exercise that you can do anywhere, anytime. You don’t need weights or a gym membership to do it. Check out our Bodyweight Exercise guides to find a routine that you can do with only the weight of your own body.
The key to resistance training is pushing yourself to an intensity level that your body is not used to. Here are some great indicators that you’re at the right resistance intensity:
- Feeling a burning sensation in your muscles.
- A heart rate elevated close to your maximum heart rate.
- Not being able to hold a conversation during your routine.
The point is to get to a level where you’re uncomfortable. Push yourself to a place where your mind is telling you to stop, then complete a few extra reps or go for a few extra seconds. Pushing yourself to your maximum capacity allows certain hormones to be released that increase fat burning for a longer period of time. If you don’t push yourself that far, your stress load won’t be enough for your body to respond by increasing muscle.
Your Next Steps
Now that you know the benefits of resistance training, we encourage you to work it into your daily workouts. If you haven’t already, choose a bodyweight routine that matches your level of fitness. Follow the routine for the remainder of your Challenge.
If you like the change you see after giving resistance training a try, continue your routine after your Challenge is over. Continue to challenge yourself, and your fitness will continue to improve.