If your workout is missing the “S” Factor, you’re doing the wrong type of exercise!

Someone said, “Food fuels the furnace of metabolism; exercise stokes the fire.” That’s true! And, better yet, muscle revs up metabolism and incinerates FAT! As T. Murray said, “Muscle tissue is the primary user of fat calories in the body, so the greater your muscle mass, the greater your fat-burning capacity.”

Years ago there was a great article by Mandy Matson called The S Factor. Here is an excerpt…

“About three years ago my backside appeared to be sliding down my thighs. How could this have happened?

At age 32, I ate sensible and walked three miles daily, confident that diet and aerobic exercise were the only keys to a slim and youthful body. Millions of Americans subscribe to the same myth.

Bob Dunn, a Dallas equipment leasing broker, counted calories, and jogged intermittently for fifteen years, yet at 54 he was forty pounds overweight, weak and flabby.

Today, Bob and I have regained our youthful trim. Bob shed his gut and dropped two suit sizes and I rediscovered my waist. How? Not by going on a grueling new diet, or exercising more, but by changing the type of exercise we got. We learned the transforming magic of the S Factor.”

Do you know what he “S” stands for? It stands for; Strength Training! She goes on to say, “Strength training is a dieters dream. Because for every pound of fat you replace with muscle, you burn dozens of extra calories per week. By contrast, people who do not maintain their strength, lose about a half pound of muscle each year. The calories that would have been burned by muscle end up stored as fat—that’s what causes middle-age-spread.”

It causes something else too: WEAKNESS! By age 72, 1/4 of American men, and 2/3 of American women cannot lift an object of more than ten pounds!

This has brought on an epidemic in America today; osteoporosis. One in four women over the age of 50 and one in eight men over 50 has osteoporosis.

Women are the major victims of osteoporosis; they have smaller frames and lower peak bone mass than men. At menopause, estrogen dwindles and its action of inhibiting bone resorption and facilitation absorption of calcium, are lost. Thus, all women lose bone density after menopause at accelerated rates. Men are also affected and the same risk factors mentioned for women (except for menopause), apply to men.

Dr. Miriam Nelson has been in the field of osteoporosis and bones for many years. She is a specialist on this issue at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. Here is what she had to say about strength training and osteoporosis: “One year of doing high intensity strength training can lower a woman’s risk of osteoporotic bone fractures in more ways than any other single thing she can do for herself.”

Notice that she said, “High intensity strength training.” The key to permanent weight and fat loss, strong muscles and strong bones, strong heart and strong lungs, etc. is building and maintaining your strength!

******** In 1979 Dave moved from the active world of the National Football League into a sedentary job. His playing weight combined with a serious back injury from a near fatal accident made it difficult to get back into shape physically. In 1989, discouraged by the high percentage of Americans who are sedentary, Dave began traveling extensively, educating and motivating corporate America to get fit for life. Dave has spoken to hundreds of Fortune 500, and Fortune 100 companies, as well as many organizations throughout America. He has been featured many times on radio and television, and is a frequently published author in publications and major online health and fitness sites. Dave’s new book, including DVD, is titled: BAD CHUTE! Why most Americans fail with fitness.