Do what you love!
Yesterday, I went to the gym and did the following weight lifting routine from one of my personal training sessions:
- One legged squats (back leg on bench), 12 lbs each arm, 12X
- Decline push-up (legs on stability ball), 15X
- Twisting situps on incline w/10 lb medicine ball, 15X
- 21’s with 10lbs in arms, 12X
- Overhead presses, 12 lbs, 12X
- Fly (lying on back on bench) with legs up in air, 12lbs, 12X
- Knee-ups on bench, front and side, each leg 12X
- Leg lifts on back, 20X
- Hold legs up (just off ground), 1 min.
- Repeat 2X
The whole routine took me 45 minutes, burned 400 calories, max HR 179, avg HR 149. I woke up this morning to sore arms, chest, and abs (YAY!) As I was doing these yesterday, I was thinking about how much I really like weight lifting. Many bloggers are very big into running, especially super long distances. If you’ve read my exercise page, you will know I AM NOT A RUNNER! Never have been, (probably) never will be. I do run from time to time. The longest distance being a 5K. However, I’m just not that into it.
I believe that I enjoy weight lifting, because I’m good at it! Even when we were little kids, my mom commented on how “solid” we were. Making muscles has never been my problem. Therefore, I enjoy it! Especially with all of the new muscles I’m making. I love the feeling of being sore and getting stronger. As I said, I’m not GRRREAT at cardio. I will work on it, and it has greatly improved over the course of the past 9 months, since starting to work with a trainer. My heart rate goes up, but I’m not gasping for air.
If you’re looking to get into weight lifting, I highly recommend “The New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women”.
I also recommend, finding an exercise that you thoroughly enjoy! Aside from weight lifting, I enjoy dancing (I have danced since I was 5). I take tap class once a week, and manage to work up a good sweat. Plus then I get to perform (one of my other passions) at the recital. If you enjoy your exercise, it won’t seem like such a chore to go to the gym, track, dance studio, etc.
What is your favorite form of exercise?