If for no other reason than appearance, strengthen your body, and stop overeating.
68 percent of Americans are overweight. That means most Americans have bodies that look like mush. The photo on the right is a perfect example.
If you’re in your twenties, don’t exercise, and overeat, you will wind up looking like mush by the time you’re 35 or 40.
Once you get involved in regular exercise and healthy eating, you won’t go back. Why would you trade mush, for muscle?
New to strength training? Here’s my advice.
- Start with easy-to-handle equipment first. Work with elastic bands, and some bodyweight exercises, to get your feet wet. Get the hang of it, before you move up.
- Don’t be in a hurry to get strong fast. Too much, too soon may lead to injury.
- Equipment can break. Read instructions that come with your equipment. When tubing or bands are stretched beyond their limits, they’ll break, and you’ll go flying.
- Vary your exercise routine. Same old, same old will end in boredom, and possible overuse injury.
FIVE METHODS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR BODY
Body Weight: Using your body weight for resistance, you can shape, tone, and build plenty of muscle, including your core. Typical body weight exercises are tricep dips, push-ups, planks, lunges, stair climbing, pull-ups, wall slides, arm raises, squats, all-fours leg lifts, and one-leg balance. You don’t need a gym, and it won’t cost you money.
Elastic Bands: Bands are light, economical, portable, and easy to store. They are sold in 4′, 5′, and 6′ lengths. The standard width is 4″. Bands vary in thickness, and are color coded. The thicker the band, the higher the resistance. You’ll know you’re getting stronger when you graduate to a thicker band.
Tubing: Lightweight, portable, and easy to store. Tubing looks just like a jump rope with soft, or firm handles. Most tubes are sold with adapters to anchor the tube onto a door for certain types of exercises. Some manufacturers include instructions.
Exercise Balls: They come in various sizes, and offer variety in your workout routine. You can do bodyweight, dumbbell, and band exercises on the ball. They are fun, and challenging to work with. If storage space is limited, you’ll have to inflate the ball every time you use it, with a manual or electric pump.
Dumbbells: They start at 1 pound, and up. Dumbbells are either fixed weight, or adjustable. You’ll need a rack to store your fixed weight equipment, because they take up a lot of space. Adjustable dumbbells are cast iron plates mounted on a bar. When disassembled, they store flat. Dumbbells will cost you more than bands, and tubing.
Information in this post is educational. It should not be used to replace medical advice from your physician, or other healthcare provider.
The information described in this post is not meant to replace the guidance of a personal trainer, in a live setting. Exercises performed incorrectly may result in injury.
Copyright 2012 Irene Pastore, and Blue Moon Personal Training