My goal is to lose weight and tone up, but I'm afraid I'm going to bulk up if I lift weights. How can I exercise without looking like a bodybuilder?
People often get concerned about "bulking up" when weight training is involved in their exercise program, but there's no need to be worried. Building muscle and losing weight go hand in hand, and here's why: While you burn calories when you exercise and when you do daily activities like walking or climbing stairs, you burn the bulk of your calories just by sitting still. This is called your resting metabolic rate. For each pound of lean muscle you have on your body, you burn calories by doing absolutely nothing! What's important for you to know is that the more muscle you build, the higher your resting metabolic rate, and the more calories your burn per day. That's why building muscle is such an important part of weight loss, and why it's so good for your health -- all that muscle makes it even easier to keep the fat off.
Completing a high number of repetitions at a lower weight is ideal for sculpting your body and speeding your metabolism to help keep the weight off.
Learn more in the Everyday Health Fitness Center.