Lean body mass maintains a steady metabolism and as we lose it naturally with age our metabolism decreases which can lead to weight gain amongst other things. Therefore, sustaining muscle mass with weight training is essential for optimal health.
Incorporating weight training at least 2-3 times a week for 20-30 minutes makes a significant difference in muscle toning, endurance, and overall strength.
Here are a few workouts that include dumbbells to fire up our metabolism:
BeFit did not fail to deliver a workout that is perfect for toning lower body muscles for great legs and glutes 😉 The video includes a warm up and cool down, however add some additional stretches of your own afterwards because you will be feeling this workout the next day.
Many of us know how awesome Fitness Blender is and because they have a huge glossary of exercises I found this great one while looking for a short upper body dumbbell workout.
Make sure to include a warm up and cool down to prevent any injuries.
These ab exercises are hard enough to do without weights so adding dumbbells was a challenge, but I accepted! I would suggest again, a warm up and cool down, and to use weights according to your level of fitness. There is no shame in using 1-pound weights and increasing the weight with time. At the end of the day, you are still working it!
You might be pretty sore after all the heavy lifting so take a day to do this nice stretch routine from Fitness Blender and then indulge in a hot bath to soothe those muscles. After all, you deserve some time to unwind for all of your hard work.
Time to Party!
She has very creative workouts that can be done while reading some great books. She also offers the chance for some Fitness Networking.
Check out this excerpt for her Paper Towns Workout:
“Whenever Quentin is late for something do high knees for 30 seconds
Every time Resurrection is mentioned do 5 burpees”
For the whole workout and more like these visit thebikinibookworm.com.
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How do you weight train? We would all love to know 😉