Modern technology has made many of our day-to-day activities easier, less physically taxing, and faster. And although those perks are ultimately positive, we’re missing out on small opportunities for cardio and strength training during the day. More importantly, as our lives become more sedentary it’s important to indulge in daily physical activity , such as cardio or strength training, to keep our hearts healthy and our muscles strong. At CHRIAS we understand that exercise is just as important for patients who are working on weight loss as it is for patients who are in their maintenance stage. July 16th, at 6 PM, we will be holding a free support group entitled “Exercise for Strength and Tone” at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. There, patients can learn tips and techniques for strength training from a professional. In the meantime, read on to learn more on the importance of strength training for weight loss.
During rapid weight loss (especially after gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery), the body tends to shed muscle weight before shedding fat. That’s why it’s especially important for patients to engage in strength training and toning exercises. Strength training can prevent excess muscle loss while promoting additional fat loss.
Keep Skin From Sagging
With rapid weight loss occasionally comes excess skin. Having toned muscles provides a tight surface for skin to rest on, promoting a smoother look. Exercise also improves circulation which brings more blood and oxygen into the skin, keeping it nourished and supple.
Burn More Calories
Did you know a pound of muscle burns up to 5.5 times more calories an hour than a pound of fat? Building muscle can improve your weight loss efforts and will help you maintain a healthy weight loss well into the future. And it doesn’t end there, several studies state that resistance training, like weightlifting, results in something called EPOC-Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption- which keeps you burning calories like a champ long after you’ve finished your workout and have gotten on with your day.
Aside from maintaining muscle, keeping skin elastic, and turning your body into a calorie-burning machine, strength training improves overall health and can even aid in improved sleep and stress management. To learn more about exercise, register for our free support group on July 16th. To learn more about bariatric surgery at our Delaware weight loss surgery center, attend one of our free informational seminars, call us at 302-892-9900, or contact us online.