People new to the gym often find it difficult to define their fitness objectives. It’s not sufficient to simply state that you’re joining gym to “get fit”, but rather you should be very precise in defining your purpose for the same. Is it that you want to lose weight, tone up or build muscles?
It’s a scientifically proven fact that men build muscles more easily than women. Basically, it’s the genetic makeup of an individual which determines as to what kind of muscle fibers they have and where they are distributed. It is due to this reason that the bodies of male and female respond differently to the same exercise. By aiming to build muscles, you boost your resting metabolic rate and increase lean body mass.
It’s definitely possible for women to develop strong muscles by continuing a sustainable plan. Incase you’re fearful that aiming for muscle building might decrease your feminine appeal then you can aim for a sleek and strong body by giving Pilates a try. Pilates are a great way to develop strong muscles, a flat stomach, a strong back and an improved posture. Additionally, just like working out with weights, Pilates strengthens connective tissues (ligaments and tendons) and also help in reducing risk of osteoporosis. In case you’re going this route, then remember to consult a Pilate expert in your local gym or recreation center, before starting out with any kind of Pilate workout.
In addition to Pilates, you can also complement your efforts by picking an outdoor or indoor sport that meets your need. For example, biking is a good muscle building, aerobic and heart healthy sport. Additionally, it requires minimal training but it generally isn’t conducive to conversation or social interaction. Overall, it’s pretty convenient since you can bike near home and can decide your own intensity from easy to vigorous.
Another common reason for people to start on a gym regimen is to lose weight. In case this happens to be your intended goal then you need to take an all together different approach to working out in a gym. Several studies have proven the fact that higher intensity workouts burn fats at higher frequencies as compared to lower intensity workouts. Although this may sound common sense, it is always beneficial to understand a little science behind it. What happens in a lower intensity workout is that your body burns more fats than carbohydrate. As a result of this, you will lose weight by getting rid of stored calories in the form of body fat. However, under a higher intensity workout, you will lose more calories overall provided you workout long enough.
Additionally, a higher intensity workout also creates a modest “after-burn” effect. This means that your body will continue burning fat even after you’ve stopped doing the exercise. Needless to say, this will put you on a fast track to losing your body weight. This same logic also applies for women who’re searching for a quick way to decrease their waist line.