It’s been just over a month since I joined the gym. And yes, I’m still going. I thought going into to it that, just as with my home equipment, I’d lose interest and stop. I’ve found that it’s not the heavy-duty treadmills and ellipticals that keep me loyal, but the resistance (weight-lifting) machines. I really enjoy using them. I no longer do Zumba, but I am up for the kick-boxing class if I could just remember it’s on on a Tuesday!
I’ve battled my weight for the last ten years? And what with a slowing metabolism and menopause ect, it’s been an uphill battle. But shortly after I started at the gym I read an article that stated for women to be successful at weight-loss they need to do some resistance exercises with weights. I’d been concentrating so much on numbers (lbs) and believed that walking, running, and cycling were the way to reduce those numbers. But that wasn’t working for me.
Don’t get me wrong the walking ect has been fantastic for my heart and lungs. I can now walk at a good steady clip and talk without becoming breathless. (I couldn’t do that before) But it’s not those exercises that burn-off the extra fat-cells clinging for life to my body. It is only muscle that burns fat. And if you don’t have any muscle you ain’t burning any fat. That’s where the resistance machines come in.
There are machines that tone specific muscles (and they are so easy to use). So that I can work on the muscles that need resurrected. And believe me when I say it’s an awesome feeling to know that you have turned fat into muscle and are burning your calories properly. My weight has stayed at 150 lbs (after I lost 25 lbs more than a year ago) but my measurements have shrunk. Which means that my 150 lbs is now more muscle than fat. Whoo-hoo! Onward!