An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, but not all pounds are created equally. By measure alone the scale sees no difference – whether muscle or fat, a pound weighs the same. On the grander scale, undisputedly, muscles win big.
If you’re exercising to lose weight, or more fittingly, to slim down and tone up, consider expanding your workout. When you increase the strength-training and muscle-building components of your program, you’re also improving your body’s ability to burn calories. That’s right. Building muscle burns more fat.
Beyond the demands of physical exercise, our body (including fat cells) is constantly burning calories just to keep going. Whether we’re walking, reading, sleeping, or just breathing, our body is consuming energy. Every function of our body requires fuel, or calories, to perform its job. The harder our body works, the more calories we burn, and naturally exercise is a big part of this process. So is our body’s metabolism. Sustaining our muscles requires energy – a lot more energy than our fat cells need. Therefore, the more muscles we have, the more calories we burn.
According to a study cited by LIVESTRONG®.com, each pound of muscle burns up to five times the number of calories expended by one pound of fat. So we’re not just burning calories while we’re working out or pumping iron – we’re burning more calories every day just becausewe have more muscles to support. That’s great news!
Pound for pound, it’s time to pick up those weights and feel the burn! If you’re interested in building a customized work-out plan, ask a Y representative or a branch Health Coach. #YStrongBham
For more information on burning calories with muscle, visit http://ow.ly/5lam30cMRt9.
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