Why Weight? Boost Calorie Burn

Posted 03/01/2013 | By HealthCorps

A recent study out of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville suggests that lifting weights three times a week, for just 15 minutes, can help you burn an extra 100 calories on the day of strength training and for the next few days.  The study noted that increases in daily energy expenditure occurred on the day of exercise and persisted for 2 to 3 days after the effort.

So for people who still don’t include weight training in their weekly exercise routine, the message seems to be that you are missing an excellent opportunity to boost calorie burn, and over time, weight loss.

This study suggests that a mere 45 minutes a week, in three divided doses of 15 minutes each of weight training, can boost energy expenditure and help you to either maintain weight when you indulge a bit, or lose weight more effectively over time.

So what are you waiting for?  Pick up those free weights and get to work!

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