Do resistance training at least twice. Let's chat for a moment about resistance training. First off, it sounds so...hard. I mean, with the whole use of the word "resistance" and all? What situation have you ever been in where resistance was a good thing? But seriously. My real apprehension with resistance training is that, in my mind, resistance training tones and builds muscle. And while that's an excellent thing, I don't feel like I'm yet at the point weight-wise where I want to build muscle. What's the informed opinion on this? Should I continue to do cardio and burn fat before I take up resistance training? Or will doing it now help me with the weight loss? The American Heart Association says this:
The health benefits of resistance training include increased strength and muscular coordination, more muscle mass and higher bone density in men and women of all ages. An increase in muscle mass contributes to a higher basal metabolic rate, which can help in weight control.
COCONUT LIME SALAD
Makes 5 servings
Combine in a large bowl:
- 2 cups grated fresh coconut
- 1 cup seeded and grated cucumber
- 1⁄2 cup chopped cilantro
- Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Serve this salad beside grilled fish. Add mango and papaya for juicy sweetness and colorful nutrients! You could also cut down the salt or swap in Mrs. Dash to make this salad even more heart healthy.