AccelerationEXETER, NH – It’s that time of year again when the “new year, new me” flood gates open. Having goals are important, but when it comes to weight loss, it’s also important to make sure you’re doing it right.

According to a new study, people who lift weights every day may accumulate less belly fat over the years than people who spend the same amount of time doing aerobic exercises. In other words, it’s important to combine both weight training and aerobic activity to maximize weight loss. Craig Favara, Director of Fitness at Access Acceleration agrees.

“Resistance training is a great way to build lean body mass. This in turn will raise your Basil Metabolic Rate (BMR) which is responsible for how many calories you burn at rest. Weightlifting is also a sufficient form of injury prevention and it helps with improving bone mineral density,” he says.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say we lose muscle mass as we age and tend to accumulate more body fat. If you’re only doing cardio at the gym, you’ll end up losing the fat, but also muscle mass. So instead of losing, you should focus on gaining. At Access Acceleration there are a variety of programs that assist with metabolic workouts, such as boot camp. These classes do a great job at combining resistance training and cardio and are sure to get your feet moving and your heart rate up. With high intensity workouts you’re able to burn an enormous amount of calories, and the best part is, it typically takes less than an hour to get in a tough workout that leaves you feeling great afterwards.