It burns more calories than cardio. While pounding that treadmill is great for your heart and boosts your metabolism, the effects of lifting have more of an impact in the long-term when it comes to blitzing any post-holiday pounds. This is because lifting challenging weights builds muscle – and the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn in the long-term.
You can train at home. If you have people living underneath you, a floor-pounding aerobics session might not be the best idea. However, weight training at-home is just as effective and won’t cause their light fitting to come crashing down. (You can always get your cardio fix by going for a run in the park.) Purchase some weights and find an online video you can lift along to. (We recommend attending a few classes or booking a personal training session first, so you can learn the right technique and create an effective routine.)
Kettlebells combine cardio and strength training in one. If you don’t have the time (or energy) to schedule in separate cardio and weights sessions, a kettlebell workout has the best of both. Plus, rather than isolate specific muscle groups like dumbbells, it requires full-body movement so you’ll be working more muscles. Finally, the swings, squats and lunges involved in kettlebell training increase your heart rate and is one of the safest forms of cardio, with less risk of damage to your joints.
Finally, there’s a fantastic online community. If you’re lacking in motivation or looking to switch up your routine (or even want to take the next step to heavy weight lifting), there’s a goldmine of tips, tricks and how-to videos on social media to give you some much-needed inspiration. Hashtags such as #girlswholift are a great place to start.