Mel (jugglejuggle) wrote in _weightwatchers,

The Benefits of Strength Training

I've long known that strength training is beneficial, but for some reason, I still always seem to focus more on cardio (for burning calories). I still try to lift weights off and on when I remember it, but it's hard for me to stick to that routine on a regular basis.

Last week I joined a class called Kettlebells (and let me tell you, THAT was a workout! OUCH!)

The interesting observation though, was stats relayed to me from my Bodybugg. Last Wednesday, I ran for 10 minutes and then did Kettlebells. I burned a total of 2300-some calories for the day.

The next day (Thursday) I did not go to the gym, since I was going to an NHL game. The only activity I got that day was walking to/from the Metro, etc. However, I burned 2700 calories for the day! More than the previous day when I actually worked out at the gym!!!

This was a real eye opener to me-that the effects of my strength training workout were lasting into the following day and allowed me to burn more calories than I would have normally at rest. Amazing.

I just thought I'd share this information with you all. It was PROOF. Solid proof of how important strength training is. I am definitely making it more of a priority from here on out.

Oh -and if you haven't tried kettlebells, I would definitely recommend it!
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