You would like to lose some fat and get into better shape and probably think that the way to do it is with 'cardio' type activity. You have heard it plenty of times - do lots of low to moderate intensity exercise 5-7 times per week. Perform this activity in your 'fat burning' range of around 70 percent of your maximum heart rate.
But after 30 odd years of this the experts are changing their minds. They no longer think this is the best way to shape up and melt away excess body fat. This stems from the knowledge that has been acquired about the importance of the muscular system and how its health is the real key to a new type of fitness called 'metabolic fitness'.
This means that the hormonal responses in your body must be in the right balance so you can burn fat. If key hormones are 'out of whack' you will store fat easily and no amount of dieting or excessive amounts o low intensity exercise will shift it.
One of the most important factors in improving metabolic health is the health of your muscles. If you do not do enough muscle building and maintaining activity as part of your day-to-day tasks and activities it is unlikely that your muscles are able to do their job properly turning the food you eat into energy. Your muscles are where this happens and if they are soft and flabby they cannot take up fuel that they cannot use.
This means that fats and sugars in the blood have nowhere to go and end up hanging around doing damage to tissues and organs. The body attempts to store as much as possible in storage as fat but with our high calorie, high fat, highly refined carbohydrate diets it is continually bombarded with stuff it cannot process.
To help balance this and get your metabolic engine burning fuel at the fastest rate your very best friends - your muscles have to be kept strong and fit. This cannot be done with 'cardio' type activity and this is where we have been going wrong in the past. Most of the activities that we have been doing only work the muscles in a very limited way without any resistance to speak of so they are not challenged and will not become stronger.
Strength training exercise is what you need to do to rebuild lost muscle tissue so it can burn more fuel (calories) both day and night. Whether you are exercising or sleeping you need to be burning more fuel. Nothing else can achieve this but toning up those muscles with proper exercise. Muscle tissue is highly active and gobbles up lots of calories to maintain itself unlike fat tissue that just sits there doing nothing but making your skinny jeans almost impossible to put on.
So, forget just trying to burn calories and focus on improving your body composition (muscle/fat ratio) so you can finally get that strong, lean, slim, healthy body. That is what you really want isn't it?
Do you want to discover the secret to rejuvenating your body and improving the quality of your life? Download my free ebook "Ive Found the Fountain of Youth- Let Me Show You Too!" here: Physical Wellness For Free Fitness Report here Fitness Weight Loss Carolyn Hansen is a certified fitness expert and fitness center owner who coaches clients to look and feel younger.