Strength training helps burn more calories . . .
It doesn't matter if you're young or old, strength training not only builds muscles, it also boosts your resting metabolic rate. And that's important, because it means that your muscles burn extra calories all day, whether you're sitting at a desk or lounging on the couch. That is, if you're a man. Strength training didn't boost resting metabolic rate in women in a six month study at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. However, strength?training exercise is good for women because it increases their muscular strength and endurance reported researcher Jeffrey Lemmer, MS. But the study shows that it looks like women can't count on strength training to help burn off extra calories like men can. The study showed that women's muscle mass increased only half as much as the men's. But the researchers did not know if that explains why the men's RMR went up and the women's didn't.