TYLER, TX (KLTV) – With the New Year right around the corner, you're probably making resolutions—which might include revamping your workout routine.
The American Council on Exercise says even busy women can and should consider adding some strength training to their workouts.
Many women have the misconception that strength training will add big, bulky mass, but in reality, strength training can increase resting metabolic rate, improve body composition, increase strength and improve overall quality of life.
If you're new to strength training, you want to begin with 2-3 days per week, and you can start with a circuit style program- picking 8-10 exercises that target all major muscle groups and perform 8-15 repetitions of each exercise, moving quickly from 1 station to the next.
While free weights are good option for some, machines may be the better option for women just starting out, as the fixed path allows you to learn the movement correctly.
Breathing and proper form are key- so throughout each exercise, breathe throughout the movement, exhaling on the exertion and complete each exercise in a slow, controlled fashion.
While you're learning, working with a trainer may be the best bet.
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