for Weight Loss
Most of us have a misconception
that aerobic exercise helps in toning and firming of muscles. The actual
fact is aerobics does not really help in toning and firming and it is
Resistance or weight exercise that actually helps in toning and firming
A perfect combination of aerobics and weight training would be ideal
for losing more fat and gaining more muscles. According to experts, weight loss increases by almost 56 percent when
strength exercise and aerobics are combined.
It is true that muscle weighs more, but do you know that if you increase
your muscle composition you may actually burn fatter, even when you
rest you burn fat because of a higher rate of metabolism.
Recent studies have also proved that muscles help you fight diseases
If you thought that at your age strength training would not be of much
benefit, then you were wrong. Muscle training benefits everybody from
a boy who is 18 years old to a woman who may be 50 years old; muscle
training benefits everybody irrespective of age or sex. Simple Strength
training, such as lifting of weights or following a few weight-resistance
exercises, twice a week can help you maintain or even your increase
If you prefer using moderate weight, then you should be ready to accept
that there would not be any build of huge muscles; instead it would
help in building up of bone mass while increasing the rate of metabolism
giving you a leaner look
If you do both aerobics and strength exercise both simultaneously then
it would be highly beneficial as aerobics would make your heart, lungs
stronger which would help in better utilization of oxygen whereas strength
exercise would help you in losing body fat, maintaining body mass and
Aerobics are mainly of two types, high impact and low impact. It is
more beneficial if you alternate between both types. The high impact
aerobics is generally harder on the body and causes higher damage whereas
the low impact aerobics like walking should also be done, to get the
best results. The alternate training of high and low impact is known
as cross-training. It is beneficial too as it lessens the chance of
injury due to over usage of certain muscles.
Try and perform aerobics for about 20 minutes each day and for 3 to
4 days each week. If you are looking to lose substantial weight then
try and exercise for more duration.
Never try to speed things up, it is better if you exercise at a moderate
rate and make sure that you enjoy while you exercise. If you are recovering
from an injury of illness, do not stress yourself instead start with
light exercise. Try and follow a strict regime and you are sure to lose
substantial amount of weight.