Burn More Calories without Even Trying

An unexpected benefit of strength training is that you’ll stay more active after you’ve toweled off. A study in Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise found that exercisers who di a toning routine moved up to 48 percent more throughout the day than those who did just cardio. “Building muscle makes things like walking, climbing stairs, and doing projects around the house feel easier, so you do more of them, ” says lead researcher Gary R. Hunter, Ph.D. “It’s also true that cardio can leave you wiped, so you may not have as much energy to spend on daily tasks.” To maximize results, shoot for three firm-up sessions a week along with your usual moderate cardio.

SHAPE, June 2015

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