We know, that’s what you thought you were doing cardio for, but lifting weights actually helps your body to burn even more fat both during and after you exercise. So even when you’ve finished your workout you’re still burning calories! It’s a win-win. This is because of something called EPOC or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, essentially this excess use of oxygen results in increased metabolism.
This is to all those cardio bunnies out there! When doing cardiovascular training you may lose weight but that weight comes from both fat and muscle. Lifting on the other hand helps to target almost exclusively fat, so whilst your weight may increase (muscle weighs more than fat) you’ll have a lower body fat percentage so you’ll look lean and toned.
Resistance training in all forms helps to speed up your metabolism this is because muscle cells require more energy to maintain than fat cells. This in turn will accelerate weight loss and give you an energy boost.
Weight training along with other forms of exercise increases the release of endorphins and serotonin into the brain. This results in better mood, better sleep, pain relieving and acts as an anti-depressant!
Lifting weights can reduce your risk of heart disease through helping to alleviate high risk factors such as high blood pressure, or a large waist circumference.