Author: Chase Hagen, 2nd Wind Exercise Store Manager, Ankeny, IA
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There are three parts to achieving great fitness results when when starting a new exercise program.  Those three parts include diet, cardio, and strength.  I would like to start by focusing on the strength portion of the three.   Strength training is a great way to burn extra calories without even knowing it! After you've completed a strength workout, you will continue to burn calories for up to eight hours.  That is amazing.  Cardio training continues to burn up to 3 hours after a workout. By building up your muscles, you are constantly burning more calories in your everyday activities.

Strength training offers an array of exercises to choose from. You can work out your legs, arms, back, shoulders, and core, to name just a few. You can even isolate certain muscle groups for a more targeted workout. Lifting weights is simple. A simple pair of dumbbells will do at the beginning of your program. Start with arm curls, overhead shoulder presses, and tricep extensions. To work your legs, try squats, lunges, and leg lifts.

Strength training is an important part of fitness, but in the end, it takes all three parts to accomplish your goals! Watch your diet, choose foods wisely, and get some cardio training in as well.

Visit one of our 2nd Wind Exercise stores to learn more about the three parts of great fitness. We can help with your personal fitness goals and provide assistance in setting up a cardio and strength training workout tailored just for you.