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Lifting Tip: Embrace the Burn

If losing weight is on your list for 2009, cardio will help burn calories, but you also need to strength train to achieve muscle definition and prevent injury. Lifting weights can be difficult for people who aren't used to the intense sensations of fatigue and burning that arise in their muscles, but these feelings are completely normal and necessary if you want to strengthen and tone. So instead of stopping the moment you begin to feel uncomfortable, keep going for another one to five repetitions. Embrace the physical sensations, focus on breathing deeply, and push yourself a little bit further. Afterward, you'll feel proud that you stuck it through, and soon will notice your body is stronger and more lean — two rewards in one.


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almostloli almostloli 8 years
they say its effective when you're feeling sore, when you feel the need to work extra efforts and energy, or you can feel the muscles burning
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I have absolutely no problem doing cardio but when it comes to strength training I just can't seem to find the motivation to do it on a regular basis!
mimi-fleisch-1 mimi-fleisch-1 8 years
What is it that makes the calves burn? I love the burn everywhere else. Is it past residue from wearing high heels?
jessie jessie 8 years
yea..i know when i've done a good workout is when my muscles are burning..but its a good burn!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I can deal with the burn in any muscle except for my calves. I describe it as a hundred little gnomes shredding your muscles with tiny forks like it was a piece of chicken. ouch!
reallysparkle reallysparkle 8 years
I'm trying to work weight lifting into my fitness routine. I lift 10 lb. free weights at home, and use a weight machine in the gym. I figure I'll do what I can to boost my metabolism, and more muscles burn more calories. I doubt I'm in any danger of getting Madonna-like muscles with my little weights, but I'm hoping to tone up.
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