A kettlebell is your go-to tool for strength. You can store it in the corner of a room and perform endless amounts of workouts with it. You can push it, pull it, snatch it, clean it, swing it, get up with it, squat it and lunge it.
The 1-2 combo makes it the perfect cardio and strength team for your house.
4. Address your pain and movement issues.
If you are running, lifting, or whatever, and are having pain, you will have a tough time reaching your goals. I have worked with hundreds of people trying to fight through pain in order to keep working out hard. They are worried that if they stop working out in order to correct their pain and movement issues they will become weak, fat, and out of shape. What they don’t realize is that they are basically hitting themselves in the foot with a hammer every time they fight through the pain. I get it, I have done this myself but when I took care of the issue, my results when up. My pain also went away.
Here is your quick solution: first, get it checked out by a medical professional to make sure it is not a serious injury that may need medical attention.
Then get a Functional Movement Screen or some type of screening process done by a professional.
From there, get a workout designed around your pain and movement issues that won’t make them worse. Yes, you can still workout but you just might need to workout differently.
Take care of the issue, don’t ignore it.
5. Lift weights at least twice per week
Why lifting weights is so important:
More muscle equals more metabolism: The most important reason that you should be lifting weights is to lose fat and build muscle. The affect that lifting weights has on your body composition is profound. The more muscle a woman has, the more calories she will burn at rest. So basically, muscles speed up your metabolism, resulting in more effective fat loss.
Bone Health: If you are a woman or man for that matter in your 20’s and 30’s you probably are not thinking about osteoporosis yet but you should be. Many studies have shown that lifting weights regularly can increase bone density. Other forms of exercises just don’t cut it when you are trying to keep your bones strong and healthy. The only true way to do this is to lift heavy stuff and then put it back down. Be proactive now so you don’t have problems later.
Strong makes everything easier: I can’t stand it when men or anyone else think that a woman is not strong and can’t carry in the groceries, move furniture, or carry heavy stuff. Give me a break. I am a big believer that women are independent and can do things themselves. They don’t need a guy to do everything for them. If you need to move something heavy don’t call the neighbor guy or wait for your hubby or boyfriend to come home. If you are lifting weights on the regular, you can do it yourself!
Creating independence for yourself is an amazing thing to feel! It always feels great when you accomplish a task that you thought you never could do. Lift some weights, get stronger, and get it done on your own.
This goes for you too, guys. No more calling your brother over to help you move a couch.
Confidence: Walking into the gym knowing that you are going to crush a workout is such a confidence booster. In today’s gym atmosphere, it can be a little intimidating. Get strong and walk into the weight room with confidence.
This will also carry over into real life. Strong body=Strong mind=Confident you!
Don’t Be Fooled
There is a lot of good information and a lot of terrible information out there in the world of health and fitness. Make sure you take the time to know the difference.