One of the biggest secrets that fitness beginners should understand right away is that bigger muscles burn more calories.
This doesn’t mean that you have to look like The Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno but you should be trying to build lean tissue (muscle).
Unlike body fat, muscle is an active living tissue. Muscle burns calories. Bigger muscles burn more calories even at rest.
Think about that.
While you’re sleeping or sitting, you’re muscles are burning calories.
You want to build muscle.
This should be a top priority for “fitness beginners” in their quest to get in shape.
This is an important rule that you should live by whether you are working out, eating or sleeping. Each of these areas have an effect on your bodies ability to build muscle.
- Working out – whether it be body weight exercises or strength training, your body will undergo changes during the actual workout. Tiny tears will occur in the muscle being worked during the workout if enough intensity is used. And you should most definitely use enough intensity during your workout. The body’s defense mechanism is to repair those tiny muscle tears by “growing” thicker. As a result, the muscle grows larger.
- Eating – This is important of course not only to satisfy our appetite but to supply our body with the correct nourishment to enable and speed up the healing process mentioned above.
- Sleeping – Sleep is when the actual healing process occurs. Not enough sleep means you may not have given your body enough time to do it’s healing work.
So building even a quarter of a pound of muscle pays off in many ways but for the focus of this post, it pays off in creating a bigger engine (metabolism) which burns off more calories whether you’re sitting, sleeping or just going about your regular day.