Use It Or Lose It...

This weekend was the real first taste of Spring in Maine, and even a little hint that summer may be around the corner. 

The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and our moods were probably a little more positive. 

Personally, it felt good to get out and get some fresh air with a hike on one day, followed up with a walk on the beach the other. 

With all that said, you'll still see me back with the free weights today. 

Why?

Use it or lose it. 

Trust me, I'm all for getting outside, soaking up the Vitamin D, and getting your exercise done while the sun beats down on your face. 

But if that's all you do you're missing half the equation. 

In order to get stronger, and in order to maintain and build lean muscle, you need to do resistance training. 

The resistance comes from an external load such as a free weight. 

Strength is something that if you don't use it....you lose it. 

So, if you take the summer "off" from hitting the gym, you will come back in the fall weaker. 

That's not a scare tactic, it's just the truth. 

It's how our bodies work. 

Muscles need to be worked, and when we're walking, biking, or doing any other outdoor activity, yes the muscles are being used, but they don't get the affect of an external load, thus, they don't get stronger. 

My recommendation?

Get outside. 

Soak up the vitamin D. 

Go for the hikes, the bike rides, and the walks on the beach. 

But know, that for most of us, we need at least 6-8 strength workouts a month to keep it balanced and continue to get stronger, build that lean muscle, and keep the metabolism roaring. 

Why are we so big on strength training?

Three big reasons. 

One...

Tell me a reason why you would not want to be strong?

It allows you to carry things without asking, not get injured, and keep your bones dense. 

Two...

Muscle burns fat.

The more muscle we have, the higher our metabolism.  

So, although we recommend some cardio, strength training keeps your metabolism sky high even after your workout is done. 

Three...

This one is for the ladies.

It's hard to believe that this is still a myth, but you will NOT get big and bulky from strength training, it's hormonally impossible. 

To wrap...

Get outside as much as you can, but don't forget the other half of the equation, keep up the strength training, use it or lose it. 

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling