Time to make friends with the gym: weight-trained muscles help your body burn fat faster even when you are resting
Many of us avoid the male-dominated weights section of the gym, but lifting weights in the right way can be an important part of your workout, says Jean-Ann Marnoch from industry watchdog REPs (the Register of Exercise Professionals).
Aim to reach muscle exhaustion in about 15 reps to maximise your workout, she says.
Women's guide to using the weights area
'Lifting moderate to light weights for endurance gains has been shown to give improvements in muscle metabolic rate, in other words, the rate at which your body burns calories. This means that even at rest, your body is a better fat burner, in addition to the improved tone to the look of your muscles.'
Add dumbbells to your workout
Dropping a dress size is not the only benefit. Jean-Ann adds, 'Lifting weights also strengthens muscle and bone but does not mean you will instantly bulk up. Strengthening the bone is an important contribution to reducing the risk of osteoporosis or brittle bone disease.
'Lifting the right weights can dramatically improve the productivity of a workout regardless of your aim. Just make sure if you are receiving instruction or advice, you do so from a REPs approved instructor, who can ensure you safely and efficiently meet your goals.'
See the March 2013 issue of Zest magazine for more ideas on how best to use weights.
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REPs (the Register of Exercise Professionals) is the industry regulator for exercise professionals. They ensure any registered professionals are sufficiently qualified.
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