Strength training is a critical part of sustaining weight loss and maintaining muscle mass, especially as we get older. Strength or weight training involves using resistance to work your muscles & improve your overall health. Resistance bands, free weights or dumbbells, weight machines, or even your own body weight can be used.
Research has shown that resistance training “improves strength and body composition (e.g., lean mass, fat mass).”¹ It has also been linked with decreased food cravings.² People of all ages, fitness levels, and mobility levels can customize resistance training to suit their own abilities. To reap these benefits, try to do resistance training at least twice a week. Get started with the resources below!
If you’re just starting resistance training, check out these five beginner videos:
- 6 Easy Strength Training Exercises
- 20 Minute Full Body Strength Workout (With Weights)
- 30 Minute Bodyweight Workout (No Equipment Needed)
- 30 Minute Seated or Standing Full Body Workout
- 30 Minute Weight Training Workout (With Weights)
If you’re looking for more of a challenge, try out the videos here:
- 10 Minute Upper Body Workout with Dumbbells
- 20 Minute Full Body Strength Workout (No Equipment Needed)
- 30 Minute Full Body Resistance Training (With Weights)
- 8 Body Weight Exercises Everyone Should Do
- 30-Minute Full-Body Strength-Training Workout (With Weights)
If you’d rather go to gym to do resistance training, here are a few helpful resources that explain what to do and how to get started:
- How to Start a Resistance Training Routine
- Guide to Strength Training (With 33 Exercises)
- Weight Training for Beginners in the Gym
For many people, exercise and diet alone are not enough to reach a healthier weight. There are now safe and effective non-surgical medical treatments that have been proven to help people be successful over the long-run. Talk to your doctor or check out our physician locator to find a doctor near you who specializes in the medical treatment of weight.
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This article was sponsored by Novo Nordisk Canada. All content is created independently by My Weight – What To Know with no influence from Novo Nordisk.