I just finished up a full month of strength training… I did the 4 week online “mass building” program with Fitness Blender.
It’s 5 days a week of approximately 30 minutes of exercise, using heavy weights to build health, strength and create shapely muscle and tone (just a reminder – if you are a woman that doesn’t mean bulky man muscles!)
Strength training is also super great for balancing hormones, and therefore helping you to clear your skin. Much better than just doing cardio workouts.
It was tough, but I was super proud of myself for sticking to it entirely. Except for the last day haha … ohh.. minor fail but mostly success! (which is what I’m focusing on). I felt so strong and powerful by the end of it!
I like doing these different fitness challenges. Recently I also did a 30 day yoga challenge. I did yoga every day, combination of online videos and going to classes. I find mixing it up and giving myself a challenge goal helps me stay committed and interested.
I particularly like Fitness Blender for fitness videos, because they seem like really down to earth people, but most importantly – they strongly emphasize that the most important thing about fitness is about health FIRST… and looking good second. If you focus primarily on being strong and healthy, the side effect of that is that you’re going to look better.
So many fitness companies and instructors focus only on the killer abs and the beach body, and hardly even mention health as a reason to exercise. [Read more…]