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Physical Fitness Includes Muscle Fitness

Physical fitness includes muscle-strength and muscle-endurance, along with cardiovascular endurance and body flexibility. So if you want to improve your fitness level, include some muscle training workouts in your overall exercise program.

How to Increase Muscle Strength?

In order to make muscles stronger, you need to work them against some form of resistance, either resulting from weights or gravity. Try exercises such as weight-lifting freeweights, barbells or dumbells (for upper-body muscle-strength) or weight machines like a leg-press machine (for lower-body muscle strength). Lifting weights (freeweights or via machines) boosts muscle strength as well as bone-strength, by placing more strain on muscles and bones than they are used to. During a weight-lifting workout, the muscles are compelled to work harder to balance/overcome the resistance offered by the weight being lifted or moved.

How to Improve Muscle Endurance?

Useful exercises to boost muscle endurance and stamina, include push-ups (to improve endurance of arm and shoulder muscles, like biceps, triceps and deltoids), or squat-thrusts (to improve endurance of gluteal, quads and lower-thigh muscles). Alternatively, try cardio-aerobic activities such as stepping, power-walking, exercise-biking, squash or jogging to improve lower-body muscular endurance.

More Muscle Tissue Burns More Calories

Although weight training, or strength training, is anaerobic, it still burns calories. In addition, by improving your muscle-to-fat ratio, thus decreasing your body fat percentage, it helps to raise your metabolism. This is due to the fact that muscle is more metabolically active (uses up more calories) than body fat. So regular muscle fitness workouts help you to continue burning extra calories even at rest. According to some fitness experts, for every pound of muscle-mass you gain, your body burns an additional 35 to 50 calories per 24 hours at rest.

Muscle Fitness Doesn't Need Supplements

Contrary to popular practice among muscle-builders and bodybuilders, neither protein nor other nutritional supplements are essential to develop, strengthen or build muscles. In a series of studies, the US Centers for Disease Control, reviewed hundreds of self-proclaimed body-building, energy-releasing, and muscle-enhancing products. None of these supplements were found to have any positive effect whatever on muscle size or strength. Also, doctors state that more protein doesn't equal more muscle formation. Extensive research proves that adequate calorie intake, combined with exercise, is what really strengthens and builds muscle.

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