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We all know that regular aerobic exercise raises the Basic Metabolic Rate or BMR which in turn burns calories thus resulting in weight loss There is however increasing evidence to support the idea that there is another way to increase metabolism and keep it up over a long period of time This other exercise is called strength training or isometrics Strength training involves working an isolated muscle group against resistance repeatedly Most commonly known would be weight liftingMany view the benefits of strength training and aerobic exercise differently Most simply stated Aerobic activity burns calories while strength training increases strength and muscle We do not typically think of weight lifting as raising the Basic Metabolic Rate However it has been shown that when muscles are put through the rigorous resistance involved in weight lifting they rely on more nutrients to replenish what is being lost during the work-out In order to get these nutrients the bodys metabolism must remain in constant motion expending its stored energy reserves The body is burning calories and not only that the constant feeding of nutrients to the muscles is keeping the BMR Basic Metabolic Rate at a raised level and for a longer amount of time Also the larger the muscle becomes the more it requires of nutrients to sustain itself This keeps the BMR in high gear-even after the exercise is completedWhat is being suggested here is not so much that strength training is a cardiovascular work-out On the contrary Aerobic training is still the best work out for a strong heart However strength training can be utilized in losing and keeping pounds off A commentary from agents at Colorado State University ask you to consider this From the ages of 20 to 70 the body loses about 30 percent of its muscle mass This is the same as seven pounds of lean body tissue every ten years During this time metabolism slows as well by about ten
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