Losing Weight. It is a top New Year Resolution year-after-year for so many of us. Has that resolution perched on the top of your list on January 1 for the third, fourth, or fifth year in a row, but with little progress to show for your good intentions? If the answer is 'yes', maybe it is time to change the game plan. One very important and lasting lesson that I have learned after spending many years working out at health clubs and via multiple sessions with a personal trainer: Weight training is a vitally important component in any comprehensive exercise regimen. A healthy diet and cardio exercise are key tools if you want to reach and maintain your target weight, but their effectiveness increases with a weight training program that fits you and your level of fitness. Pumping iron is beneficial in so many different ways: It tones muscles, makes you stronger, strengthens bones, and promotes confidence and self-esteem. For those who want to lose pounds and keep them off, it is important to keep in mind that weight training raises metabolism - muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more muscle you have the more fat you will burn all day long.
I have included weight training in my exercise routine for more than 30 years. It is a great habit to get into . . . so I intend to 'Build Muscle', as part of my I Resolve To . . . Challenge: 365 Resolutions For Health & Happiness. Why not join me? The objective is very simple: Do at least one thing each and every day to promote health and happiness for 'YOU'. Banish the 'Someday, Someday, Someday Syndrome'. Instead, make every day New Year's Day. Make every day count with 'daily resolves'. The list of possibilities is infinite and can be tailored to your own dreams, resolutions and daily goals. If you need some help - a little nudge, a bit of inspiration, tips, advice, and news about the best ways to make resolutions a reality - please use IResolveTo.Com as one of your resources. Resolve365 in 2009.
If you are serious about creating a comprehensive exercise program - one that includes cardio, weight training and a healthy diet - knowledge is power. An initial step with any new goal is to educate yourself about the 'who, what, when, where, why, and how' of making it happen via small steps, taken one day at a time. If you are not in shape, or seldom exercise (and know very little about weight training) a physician and a personal trainer are valuable resources at the outset. Once you are armed with knowledge, the 'next steps' fall into place more easily: Make a firm 'decision' to proceed, build a plan, schedule your 'To Do's', and follow through - daily. It also helps to make your intentions known to 'buddies' who can lend support, or join you in your new exercise journey.
In my daily effort to learn new things, I found a number of websites that contain useful information about weight training and exercise regimens. If you have been thinking about gearing up in the coming New Year, why wait? Start exercising this summer and build a head of steam that will take you straight through next winter and into the Spring of 2010!
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Kim M. Simpson - August 1, 2009
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