Strength Training is something that I have not incorporated into my Spark Program as of yet (not consistently) With only a bit over 2 weeks in and for long term this is something I HAVE to focus on and bring into my lifestyle. I did strength training as part of my exercise routine a few years ago- at a gym and it was incredible how my body changed and how much strength I gained. I was able to bench press over 50 lbs that is huge for me.
A lot of women focus on cardio vs resistance that challenges their bodies. Resistance training does not have to be hitting the weight room with an all-male crowd and intimidating machines. So I am doing more research and trying to find different options. I have found a lead on a private personal woman trainer that is very close to me.. like 5 mins via car 20 mins walking... There are also gym options and purchasing more weights to do this at home- but the stucture and routine and plans - I know will help me keep at it.
Some of my research has shown, the health benefits are Huge !!! See Below -
1 YOU WILL LOSE BODY FAT -and gain MUSCLE - THIS IS KEY !!! More muscle means more calories burning even at rest :))))
2 YOU WILL GAIN STRENGTH WITHOUT BULK
3 YOU DECREASE YOUR RISK OF OSTEOPOROSIS
This is VERY important and this was pointed out to me today by massage therapist.
4 YOU WILL IMPROVE YOUR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
5 YOU WILL BE PHYSICALLY STRONGER
6 REDUCE YOUR RISK OF INJURY, BACK PAIN & ARTHRITIS
7 YOU WILL REDUCE YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE
8 YOU WILL REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DIABETES
Research indicates that weight training can increase glucose utilization in the body by 23 percent in four months.
9 IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BENEFIT
10 YOU WILL IMPROVE YOUR ATTITUDE AND FIGHT DEPRESSION
Women who slowly and modestly gain more muscle will change their body composition. Such women will have more lean body mass and less fat.
So any ideas Gals / Guys ?? Do you all incorporate Strength Training into your exercising?
A regular strength training program helps you reduce body fat and burn calories more efficiently, which can result in healthy weight loss. Strength training helps preserve and enhance your muscle mass and bone mass, regardless of your age.
EDIT - So I have heard a few nutrition experts..that # 1 change is NUTRITION
# 2 - Strength Training and # 3 - Cardio..... so that is where my focus is ...
Like I've been told without the proper nutrition - we can exercise till the cows come home but we will not be reaching our goals... WE CAN DO THIS !!!!