Creating a Healthier You With the Right Exercise Program

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We all know that cardio (aerobic) exercise is important for our heart and overall health. However, what many people do not seem to know is how important strength training exercise is to your body and the many benefits that it can make towards your overall health.

Whether you are currently working on a cardio plan or not, the inevitable is that, as you get older your muscles begin to deteriorate and your metabolism (the rate your body burns fuel) becomes slower. In addition, connective tissue starts to wear and joint pain – also known as arthritis – begins to increase.

Any cardio plan will help to keep your heart healthy and will help you burn calories; however, without proper strength training you will – undoubtedly – run into some or all of these issues. Strength training exercise lessens your chances of developing joint pain as it creates strong connective tissues along with an improved bone density. Stronger muscles around joints help to hold and support them.

You will not see physical results immediately after implementing a strength training routine but the internal effects and benefits will begin to take place – leaner, firmer muscles and increased metabolism. As you continue with your healthy exercise program, you will begin to see the physical effects as well.

Consider this, the combination of firm toned muscle tissue along with an increased metabolism, soon will be noticeable to you. Your muscles will become firmed and more defined, and the “fatty” areas of your body will become smaller and leaner.

You may think that because you are physically active with cardio exercise like jogging or cycling, and because you eat well or diet frequently, that you will have the body you have always dreamed of. Here’s the problem, when dieting and running constant cardio programs, your body does burn calories – okay that doesn’t sound like a problem, but it is. As you lose weight through these programs, much of the weight lost is from muscle tissue. But to keep a high metabolism and a strong and healthy body, you need to keep this fat burning muscle tissue.

Implementing a strength training program – as at least 60% of your workout – into any daily routine, will allow you to increase your muscle tissue. This is what will raise your metabolism and help you burn the calories that you are attempting to burn with diets and excessive cardio workouts. There is no replacement for a properly structured strength training program in anyone’s life!

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