Since the release of my new book Lift to Get Lean I have been talking non stop about how critical strength training is. I spoke at the Women’s Health Expo in Kingston, NY last weekend and the power of strength training became crystal clear and really simple. As I spoke with women, I realized that we each have different reasons why strength is so powerful in our lives. I’m not just talking about physical strength; I’m talking about strength in life.
Strength training changed my life. Actually, in many ways it saved my life. When you dig deep and push hard during a strength training workout, a million metaphors sprout and you discover how it translates to your life. You see why breathing is so important during discomfort. You witness your own propensity to give up, or to try harder when a load is heavy. You realize that you are way stronger than you thought, because you lived through that uncomfortable moment. We all have different struggles, and we all find our way through the tough times in life. How do you forge ahead through challenges?
The personal strength that I have found from strength training is immeasurable. In fact, it is the #1 reason why I stay committed to my workouts. Some women stay committed because they love feeling energetic. And some women are just happy to fit into their skinny jeans.
Metaphors and vanity aside, I’ve decided to create a list of the ways that strength training is changing lives. If strength training isn’t currently part of your weekly fitness plan, I hope that it will be after you read this today! As you read through my Top 10 List below, keep in mind that many of these are science-backed, proven benefits of strength training. These are not just my opinion; they are fact.
I always loved when David Letterman did his top ten lists on Late Night. It’s so much fun to read the list from 10 down to 1, all the while trying to guess what #1 would be. So, in that same vein, I’ve created a list that starts with the least important consideration and ends with my #1 reason why strength training is so critical to your health.
Top 10 Reasons to Strength Train
#10 – To fit into your skinny jeans
#9 – To get a six-pack, lifted butt, or lean thighs
#8 – To regain that feeling of youth and vitality that you used to have
#7 – To provide your body with better support so that fatigue is a thing of the past
#6 – To reduce excess estrogen bringing better balance to your hormones
#5 – To create a powerful muscular system that boosts metabolism even while you sleep
#4 – To reshape the body areas and muscle groups that YOU want to see change in
#3 – To reduce your risk of injury and to alleviate discomfort from previous traumas
#2 – To reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and age-related weight gain
And the #1 reason that you should be strength training isssssss…
To make you STRONG
Physical strength inspires mental, spiritual and personal strength. At times, we all need strength. There have been times when I was so down and out that I honestly didn’t think I could make it through emotionally. But I did. And I know that my physical strength helped me.
Why do you stay committed to your fitness plan?
How do you forge ahead when the going gets tough?
Talk to me. I want to hear from you. In the Comments below tell me more about you. Also, I need to know what you need to make strength training a bigger part of your life. Do you need workout programs? Instruction? Videos? I want to know what’s holding you back from the strength that you’re capable of. I want to know why you aren’t putting yourself first, and what we can do to change that.
Finally, I want to share a note that I received last week. It gave me chills, made me proud, and almost brought me to tears. I feel so honored and blessed to be a part of your life. Thank you for being part of my “tribe.”
“I want to say thank you because it’s been 7 (maybe more) years that I didn’t go in a gym to work out. I was intimidated to go back as it’s more a help yourself gym, so nobody can help you with the machines. So I went there with a look on my face like, “How does this machine work???” I did my 1st week, and as you said in your book men were looking at me like an alien, but at the same time surprised to see a girl lifting. But with music, I just did my thing without looking at them. So thank you, after my 1st week I feel proud just to being out of my comfort zone.”
Check out Lift to Get Lean HERE.
And please share all of your other thoughts with me below in the Comments.