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New Year – New Attitude – Muscle is the engine to burn fat in 2019

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Yes, this is my 2019 New Year’s Blog. It carries an important message. There is a magic formula to weight loss and it’s strength training. You need to understand just how important adding #strength is. If you learn the significance of strength as you age, it might make a big difference to your life.

It’s now a week into 2019 and many people find it hard to #lose #weight. Many of our clients are trying to find the best way. They’ve seen the articles, “lose 7 pounds in a week” and many find it hard to lose weight and keep it off. It can be a dauting task.

According to a November 2018 study in the journal #Obesity, titled “Effect of Exercise Type… on Body Composition in Older Adults” it was found that restricting calories PLUS strength training resulted in two keys findings:

1. Increased muscle gain
2. Significant fat loss

The 18-month study was conducted on 249 #overweight adults in their 60’s. The research found the best way to lose weight is to combine strength training with reducing calories.

I don’t want to minimize the importance of cardiovascular #exercise (biking, walking, cardio equipment) for heart and circulatory health. Cardio is just one ingredient of the #weight loss puzzle.

A little muscle added to your body burns fat as an energy source and reduces the risk of falls and injuries. Adding muscle also improves posture which can reduce neck, shoulder, lower back, hip and knee discomfort.

As we age, #muscle and #bone loss are important issues we all face. Muscle and bone loss can be stopped by using strength or resistance training. Starting with only 2-pound handweights and some simple leg strengthening exercises can add muscle to your body. Any added muscle stops muscle and bone loss and will assist in reducing fat. That’s a win-win.

Happy 2019 and it might be time to add strength to your daily routine. If you do, you might lose a little fat and increase a whole lot of muscle.

The best strength program is one that can be done simply. If you would like a program of strength exercises to try, send me an email at: and let me know if you are dealing with any physical issues that might get in your way. I’ll reply with a 10-minute strength program for you to try.