If you’re not yet convinced of the benefits of resistance training, here’s one to add to the list – it helps you keep weight off after you lose it. Check out this article for more details.
In summary, “studies show that non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or N.E.A.T. — a measure of how much energy people use to stand, fidget, walk to the car and otherwise move around without formally exercising — often declines substantially after weight loss, perhaps because the body thinks you are starving and directs you to stay still and conserve energy”. This is an interesting look at how the body adapts to perceived threats to survival. However, you can change your N.E.A.T. level when you weight train, as you are inclined to move more, walk more and even fidget (yes, fidgeting burns calories!) more, thus maintaining weight loss through expending more calories.
So, there you have it- weight training continues to be an indispensable part of a complete exercise regimen. Some of the more popular and accessible resistance training may include body weight training, using dumbbells, barbells, or theratubing. Remember that even 20 minutes twice a week can make a difference!