As we get deeper into winter it’s really important to keep our fat furnaces burning …how do we do this? By building and maintaining lean body mass with anaerobic or resistance exercise as part of our weekly regimen.
Resistance training helps reduce fat stores by reducing elevated insulin levels (stabilizing blood sugar) and promoting the release of growth hormone. This is fantastic news as growth hormone builds lean body mass and encourages the use of fat as a fuel (it’s what keeps kids and teenages thin and energized!). Besides resistance exercise; sleep and stable blood sugar also encourage the release of growth hormone.
Other resistance training benefits include strengthening joints, increasing bone density and preventing osteoporosis.
To ensure complete health and fitness we need to balance resistance exercise with aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, cycling etc to build CV strength, eliminate toxins (resulting from normal metabolic processes and enviro pollutants) via sweating and reducing stress hormornes. Stress hormones need to be kept in check as they encourage processes such as fat storage, and the development of diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
How to implement?
Your weekly routine should include a minimum of two resistance sessions and two aerobic sessions every week and incidental walking/aerobic exercise at every opportunity if you want to experience great health, vitality and energy everyday.
So between getting plenty of sleep and eating nutritious food, be brave in the cold weather and keep those fat furnaces firing!