Whether you're training for an event or just exercising to be healthier and look better, using the 4 basic training principles to plan your workout schedule is extremely helpful. The principles are specificity, progression, overload, and recovery. I'll explain them in general here and discuss each one in detail over the next couple weeks.
Spring is here and now is the time to prepare your body for those Summer activities. Weight training has countless benefits and can be used in any fitness routine, regardless of age or end goal. For some women, weight training has a stigma that it will make them big and bulky, but that is not the case. While weight training can be used to increase strength, size, and definition of muscles, it also helps to combat fat gains. Since muscle burns more calories at rest than fat, having leaner muscle mass can help people lose weight.
As a way to improve physical function, you can train infrequent movement patterns. For giggles, the next time you go to rinse off a dish at the sink, try holding the dish in the opposite hand. If you're like most, it will feel weird and you won't be as good at it. The same holds true for larger movement patterns. Try walking or lunging backwards. Better yet, practice your backwards bear crawl and challenge me the next time we bump into each other.
Over the years that I have spent since my life changing event of blowing out my knee, and realizing what it means to truly be hurt and know your weaknesses. This event in my life taught me how much of a challenge it is to get back on your feet after life has knocked you down and knocked you out. The big question is, "Do you want it bad enough?" As Rocky said, "...But it aint about how hard you're hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward?