Sunday, April 10, 2011
Weight Loss Strategies - Do Push-Ups
Muscle burns more calories than fat does, and decreased muscle mass can be one of the main reasons metabolism slows. Disuse can cause women to drop as much as 10 pounds of muscle between the ages of 30 and 50. Losing that much muscle means you'll burn 350 to 500 fewer calories a day. To build and maintain muscle mass, aim for two to three strength-training workouts a week. If you don't belong to a gym, try push-ups, squats, abdominal crunches and tricep dips off a chair.
Strength training has many benefits including:
* Boosting metabolism
* Burning calories
* Preventing bone loss
* Strength training is expensive
The only problem with strength training is that it can be expensive. It is not cheap to join a health club. Home gyms cost an arm and a leg. It can also be expensive to buy free weights. So when you are “broke”, what do you do?
Well, I have a piece of exercise equipment that I know you can afford. It is your body. Body weight exercises use your body as resistance. These exercises are good because they stimulate more muscles than free weights or machines. One of them is Push Ups.
Any device that claims to improve the push-up is a waste of money. The push-up is a great body weight exercise. You can strength train with push-ups for years without needing to add extra resistance. You can simply switch to a more difficult variation of push-up.
The average person can not do 3 sets of 12 regular push ups without any additional push-up device. So, the average person does not need any additional push-up device.