Q. I don’t like lifting weights. I worry that I’ll get too bulky if I even try. Why is it so important?
A. Weight training is not only for jocks and muscle heads. It’s vital to our ability to stay looking and feeling our best because it helps build and preserve lean muscle mass. We begin to lose muscle mass naturally at about the age of 30, so maintaining as much as we can becomes critical. Cardio is invaluable to any fitness program, but too many people get caught up counting calories on the treadmill and disregard strength training completely.
It’s very difficult to build lean muscle mass and bone density through cardio alone; moreover, strength training is the ticket to boosting your metabolism— providing up to a 15 percent increase in metabolic rate. Cardio itself will burn calories and kick your metabolism up a notch, but without more muscle mass to demand a higher metabolism, you’ll still be working in a low gear. Strength training also keeps your metabolism humming longer after a workout than cardio alone would. In fact too much cardio can put pressure on your adrenal glands, leading to fatigue and stress on your body that will work against your weight loss goals. You shouldn’t worry about getting bulky; lifting weights doesn’t mean adding bulk to your body.
My Matrix system will sculpt and define your muscles while at the same time burning fat. It will also help prevent injury, minimize the loss of bone mass, and even release endorphins to improve your sense of well-being. Finally it’s worth noting that strength training has been shown over and over again to reduce the signs and symptoms of numerous diseases and chronic conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain, and depression. With so many potential benefits, how can you say no? Strength training is the ultimate way to slow down your physiological clock.