Women's Fitness

LIFT TO LOSE

Been banging out regular runs in the hope of losing a bit of jiggle around your middle? Well done on your commitment. But if the fat’s not dropping off as fast as you’d hoped, try strength training, too. Why? ‘While cardiovascular exercise helps the body burn more calories per session, lifting weights allows the body to burn more calories in the long term,’ concludes a report on health information site Medical News Today. This is down to getting a far greater EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), or afterburn, effect with resistance training. Your metabolism stays elevated for several hours after strength workouts while your body works hard to repair and grow the muscle. Even better, muscle cells need lots of calories just to keep ticking over, so the more you have, the more energy you’ll burn while watching TV. So far so good.

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