…And I don’t mean lifting myself up off the ground, although that is quite a bit of weight to lift.
This morning Dan and I headed over to our Gym to meet a trainer so we could each take a fitness assessment. We answered lots of questions, he measured our BMI’s, and we talked to him a lot about the most efficient ways to reach our goals. Turns out, although Cardio is no doubt great for the heart, mind and body; weight lifting is a powerful tool that most women overlook, for fear of getting big and bulky looking. Turns out, women aren’t naturally made that way, and unless I go out of my way to “bulk up”, it won’t happen naturally.
With that said, for every pound of lean muscle mass that you have, you burn 35-50 calories per day! If you have 10 pounds of lean muscle mass then you burn between 350-500 calories. If you have 20 pounds you burn between 700 and 1000 calories per day! This is one of the biggest benefits of strength training for women.
The trainers main point was that weight lifting has been overlooked as a viable weight loss method for way too long, and that Dan and I need to give it a shot.
Our BMI’s are pretty high, which we already assumed they would be. Increasing our lean muscle mass is something we are both going to be working on from here on out.
My boss has this little phrase that he uses when he sees one of us trying to accomplish something the hard way. He says:
“You can try to put a nail into wood with a shoe by pounding it over and over and over, or you can pick up a hammer and get it in with one foul swoop”.
What he’s trying to say is that there is a hard way to do something, and an easy way. If you have the tools to get something done efficiently and properly, then why are you wasting your time, and putting forth so much effort, for such slow results?
The trainer has the same train of thought. I never realized that instead of doing an hour of cardio, I could do 30 minutes of weight lifting, and 30 minutes of cardio instead. During 30 minutes of weight lifting, I will burn the same amount of calories that I burn doing the hour of cardio, HOWEVER, when you finish weight lifting, your body continues to burn calories as it works to revitalize your muscles. When your cardio class is over – burning calories stops.
So now I need to spend a little time people watching in the weight training area of the gym so I can pick up some pointers, unless you all have any to share!! I just simply can’t afford a personal trainer. As much as I know I need one, it just can’t be done now. Perhaps someday, but in the meantime I’m just going to use my blog as a tool to learn as much as I can about weight training, and I hope you guys have some great advice for me as I start this new method of losing weight and getting healthy.