Strength training, strength training, strength training…
You hear about it all the time these days.
You hear how it’s great for your Metabolism.
You hear it’s imperative for that beach body you’re looking for this summer.
Well, what’s the real science behind it?
Does it really help?
The easy answer is right here from my partners at Prograde:
By Cassandra Forsythe-Pribanic, PhD, RD, CSCS
Q) I’ve heard that strength training increases my metabolism. How does it do that and will that help me lose weight?
A) Strength training, which involves using weights, bands, kettlebells or other forms of resistance that challenge your body to work harder than it does in everyday life, definitely does increase your metabolic rate. However, so does endurance exercise (such as running). The difference is how long and how much these activities boost your metabolism that really has an impact on your overall ability to lose body fat and/or decrease your weight.
Just so we’re all on the same page, let’s talk about the components of our metabolism:
First we have our resting metabolic rate, or RMR. This is the energy needed (quantified in calories) to keep our bodies alive – our heart beating, our lungs breathing, etc. Your RMR makes up about 60 to 80 percent of our total metabolic rate. The variation in RMR is due to individual differences among people, the foods we consume, and the activity we engage in which can directly change RMR.
Second we have the Thermic Effect of Activity, or TEA. The more active you are, the more your total metabolic rate will be increased. TEA includes all activity from mowing your lawn (with a push mower, that is), to playing basketball, to walking across the room. It’s not just structured activity, but also the activities that we engage in every day to live our lives.
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Yours in health,
AFPA Certified Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist