Time to Break Out of Your Rut and Build a Stronger and Better You.
Our wellness coach Jennifer Dietrick is here with tips to help you build a STRONG and well-rounded body.
Building a strong body has a variety of benefits for your health and includes strength training, cardiovascular exercise and stretching. First and foremost, choose workouts you enjoy, get a training partner, take a new class, and/or hire a trainer to make it easier and more enjoyable. Maybe there is sport you used to play or are interested in trying that will keep you motivated and allow you to have fun.
Aim to incorporate strength training, cardio, and stretching into your regimen. All three are important to keeping your body healthy and fit.
Why You Should Pick Up the Weights
Strength training is important for strengthening muscles, tendons, and bones while lowering the risk of osteoporosis. It also improves posture, prevents injury, helps with everyday activities, and gives results to a leaner body. Strength training raises your metabolism for many more hours after training than cardio does. It also uses calories to heal your muscles with proper nutrition and sleep and increases your resting metabolism due to increased muscle mass.
Here is a playlist that includes some of my favorite strength training exercises to help you build that muscle.
Building Your Aerobic Capacity
Cardio is most important for keeping the heart and lungs healthy and strong. It can also aid in becoming leaner since additional calories are burned, yet strength training is the primary type of exercise to become leaner.
Stretching is often neglected and underrated and is so important. Stretching for as long as your strength training session is ideal. You can also take yoga as a means of stretching. It helps to prevent injury and keeps the muscles and tendons pliable and healthy. The act of stretching not only helps the body but it calms the mind as well.
Assess your goals to determine which of the three requires the most focus. If you are an avid runner, you may need to add more strength training and stretching. If you do yoga regularly, you may need to add strength training and cardio. If you are a bodybuilder, you may need to add stretching and cardio. Aim for as much balance as possible between the three. We all have our favorites, but just make sure you are not neglecting any of the three areas.
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