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KEY #1. GET IT MOVING AND KEEP IT MOVING!: Build Muscle to Burn Body Fat

July 26, 2011

The second step in 'Keeping it moving', is to build muscle to burn body fat. Lean muscle tissue is the key to raising your metabolism, and burning more calories. Muscle burns more calories than fat, even at rest. So the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism. Also, if you do not stimulate and strengthen the muscles that you already possess, then your muscles will atrophy, get smaller and weaker. So the less muscle mass you have, the fewer calories your body needs to burn, even at rest. And the less energy your body requires to take care of it's basic needs, the more food it will store into your fat cells.

Resistance training, or strength training, will help you build lean muscle tissue. Free weights, dumbbells, the body bar, kettlebells, tubes, bands, and your own bodyweight, are all forms of resistance training. Resistance training will not only increase your strength, but improve your posture, and decrease your risk for osteoporosis.

Some studies suggest that we gain one pound of fat every year after the age of 35, so we must continue to build lean muscle tissue, through resistance training, in order to keep our body fat, and weight down.

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