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Can’t get to the gym but keen to keep your strength up?
There’s no excuse for missing a session at home when you have a set of affordable free weights. Think dumbbells, kettlebells and barbells, which can all be bought easily online and delivered straight to your door.
This ankle weight set consists of 2 adjustable ankle weights perfect for adding to any workout.
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Finder’s wellbeing expert Amelia Glean answers
While weight training is never usually considered as part of a program to lose weight, lifting weights as part of your exercise routine can help you to burn just as much fat, or more, than cardio workouts like running or cycling. This is to do with the building of muscle, which burns calories at a greater rate. Weight training can also boost metabolism. Therefore, the emphasis is on fat loss, rather than weight loss.
Most of us know that strength training can help build and maintain muscle mass. What many of us don’t know is that strong muscles lead to strong bones, and having strong bones minimises the risk of fractures due to osteoporosis. Weight training routines will often target the hips, spine, and wrists, which are the sites most likely to fracture as we get older.
Weight training comes with other bonuses, too, according to numerous scientific studies. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, for example, found that people who participated in sports like aerobics, biking, and strength training were more likely to report “sufficient sleep” than those who got no physical activity. If that wasn’t enough, strength training helps to build muscle, which means you’re also supporting the bones and other supporting tissues of the body, including the lower back, which is great for improving posture.