This month’s Wellness Wednesdays prompt is Strengthening Exercises and tips.
Most of us hear the word weight training and immediately think of lifting heavy weights in the gym and looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger with bulging muscles.
However, in reality we can build strength in different ways and the best way I find is using our own body weight. Back in 2015 when I first started my blog, I wrote about a Basic Strength Training Program with 7 exercises you can try at home.
Please note: Before you start any new form of exercise consult a professional and get the okay from your doctor.
I’ve written before about the importance of keeping a strong core and muscle tone, especially as we age. It helps to keep our bones strong to support us and also helps with our balance to avoid nasty falls.
I’ve suffered from back pain in the past, however, if I maintain strength exercises and stretching as part of my fitness program, I feel no pain and my flexibility improves.
What is Strength Training?
The Better Health Channel describes strength training as:
Resistance training (also called strength training or weight training) is the use of resistance to muscular contraction to build the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles.
We can use weights but using our own body weight is quick, easy and costs nothing!
How to strengthen and tone your body without spending a cent
- This article I found, 50 body weight exercises you can do anywhere gives you plenty of ideas. From squats, lunges to push ups, bench dips and my favourite the plank.
- Yoga & Pilates are excellent ways to strengthen and tone our bodies as well as improve our balance. I use the Yoga Studio App which has so many varied practices that I’m never bored
- Walking costs nothing but the benefits are enormous.
- Grab a couple of cans from the cupboard and use them as weights to tone your arms
Do you include strength training as part of your fitness program?
What do you do to keep your body strong and toned?
A quick update on my Wellness Goals
- Hubby and I have now been 6 months alcohol free- now that is a huge achievement for both of us.
- I ran my second marathon in August two weeks before my 61st birthday (you are going to be so tired of hearing about this!)
- Started a 5 day Flipping Fifty Kickstart Challenge to get me back into my workouts after so much running.
- Continued with regular yoga sessions
- Ran the 20km River Run
- Took my all important rest and recovery days
- Wrote about Women’s Health Week 3 – 7 September
Will you make your health your #1 priority? You are so worth it!