Run, lift, drink, this pretty much sums up my life lately and I have never been happier or felt better in my life. For so many years I resisted lifting weights and was incredibly intimidated by the people that had those 26.2 stickers on their car windows. Then one day I woke up and said “Why do I care what they are doing and how fast they are doing it?”
In regards to lifting weights the first thing I did was get out of the gym. I admit I was terribly intimidated by all those buffed men and women at the gym. I think I over complicated the whole process required for lifting weights when in reality all I had to do was pick one up. The two big things that really got me hooked on lifting weights were 1) Les Mills Pump and 2)Mike becoming a certified personal trainer. Les Mills Pump is the best full body strength program I have ever seen. It has the best music, the trainers are very engaging and the full body workouts are so much fun. I actually looked forward to getting in the gym everyday. I must admit lifting weights makes me feel a little like a bad ass.
The second thing that helped me pump some iron is Mike becoming a certified personal trainer. Throughout his training he would always tell me all these random fun facts about how women need to lift weights as they enter into (cough cough) the golden years. I have always heard that it is important for us to lift weights but I never really knew all the scientific reasons behind it. It makes such sense and I am onboard with doing anything that will help me embrace the second half of my life. I have every intention of being strong, active and fit till it’s time to go. Here are some of the fun facts that might help you make the decision to start lifting weights today.
- You Will Lose Body Fat. Studies performed by Wayne Westcott, PhD, from the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts, found that the average woman who strength trains two to three times a week for two months will gain nearly two pounds of muscle and will lose 3.5 pounds of fat. As your lean muscle increases so does your resting metabolism, and you burn more calories throughout the day. Generally speaking, for each pound of muscle you gain, you burn 35 to 50 more calories each day. That can really add up.
- You Will Gain Strength Without Bulk. Researchers also found that unlike men, women typically don’t gain size from strength training, because compared to men, women have 10 to 30 times less of the hormones that cause muscle hypertrophy. You will, however, develop muscle tone and definition. This is a bonus.
- You Will Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease. According to Dr. Barry A. Franklin, of William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, weight training can improve cardiovascular health in several ways, including lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. When cardiovascular exercise is added, these benefits are maximized.
- Strength Training will help reduce your chances of bone. According to a study done by WebMD, postmenopausal women who participated in a strength training program for a year saw significant increases in their bone density in the spine and hips, areas affected most by osteoporosis in older women.
In regards to running I just woke up one day about a year ago and went for it. I am not the fastest chick on the track but I don’t even care. I am not running for speed. I run because it makes me feel good. I discovered that I do my best creative thinking when I am on a run. Being a business owner I am always trying to stay on top of the latest marketing, fitness and nutrition trends. I read all day long but there is something about the wind in my hair and my kicks on the ground that make it all come together. I wish there was a way to record all the good ideas I come up with while on a run. I normally come home and start writing notes immediately. Its crazy how it opens my mind and gets my creative juices flowing. I have done a few 5K’s and loved them. I do keep track of my times but I am not obsessed with it. I always try and do better but don’t freak out if I don’t. I do have a goal of doing a 1/2 marathon by the end of next summer. I love running in my neighborhood but the presence of those beastly local coyotes has pushed me to the beach. I know, they don’t care about people and they are not going to hurt me but I don’t like them so I try and steer clear.
I have been running at the beach lately and could not be happier. After my run I take some time to just sit back and be thankful for the life I am living and all the amazing blessings I have been given.
In regards to the drink part of my blog post title I can just say two things. 1)I love my daily does of Shakeology and love my nightly glass of red wine.
I feel good and I think running and lifting weights has a lot to do with it. I hope you find whatever it is that makes you feel happy and you do it everyday. If you have not found it yet, don’t give up, there is something out there. Go get it.