Get Stronger, Not Bigger with Strength Training

There are tons of myths about strength training:

  • If I lift weights, I’ll get big bulky muscles.
  • Strength training is only important for bodybuilders.
  • Building muscle will hurt my weight loss goals.

In reality, strength training is one of the most important things you can do for your health. There are great health benefits to strength training, including increased metabolism, stronger bones, and – let’s be honest – an emotional boost from looking good and feeling great! And, good news: strength training has nothing to do with building giant muscles! You would have to spend hours every day training your body to “bulk up”. Strength training is more about toning up, which means decreased body fat and increased muscle definition.

You also don’t have to use weights when it comes to strength training – you don’t even have to use those awkward machines at the gym. There are tons of great moves you can do that use your own body weight to create resistance, and some experts believe these exercises are best for our bodies as they use multiple muscle groups in ways our bodies are “meant” to move (think: squats, pull-ups, and big jumps). And, better yet, you can do these exercises anywhere: in your living room, outside, at a hotel – no props needed!

Strength training is the perfect complement to your regular cardio routine. The most successful exercisers balance both types of work outs to maximize benefits for both body and mind. So, give strength training a try – you’ll love the results!

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com.

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