Do you know the real benefits behind strength training? Many women are scared off by the thought of picking up a weight, for fear that they will end up looking like "He-Man". And, there are tons of folks who think that it's best to stick to cardio to promote weight loss. Here is the truth: while cardio workouts are important to burn calories and improve your cardiovascular system, you will not actually shape your body and burn fat unless you add in some strength training. In addition to that, there is an enormous list of mental benefits!
What a great day it is, even though it is raining, cloudy, dark outside, well those are things I have no control with whatsoever. What I do have control of is my attitude for the day and looking forward to doing what I love! It is a blessing to be in an opportunity to enjoy with sincere passion what you do and to see the direct impact it has on others. Be encouraged, be a blessing to someone today team.
The end of Insanity has come! I hope my pros and cons help you in your fitness challenges, as well as my tip on regarding gyms in January at the end. Here is Day 63 of 63: Fitness Test 5 compared to Fit Test 1.
I am actually REALLY trying to eat better again for the first time since Thanksgiving~ the holidays are Wacky!! The good news is that I did keep my workouts and food intake in check enough over that time to maintain my weight right at the 129'ish mark I am not unhappy with that weight, but I am much more content at a 5 pound lighter weight.Which leads me to my goal....My goal is to weigh 125 by March 1st.Actions needed to obtain:
I am a big proponent of self-myofascial release, probably because I am old and my muscles are frequently tight and painful. Myofascial release is a form of self-massage, or self-trigger-point therapy, using a firm foam roller. You roll back and forth over the muscle until you find the painful area and then you hold it there for 30-45 seconds until you feel the contracted muscle release its tension. While it may not release completely, you should experience a noticeable reduction in pain and tightness.
For the month of January, I'm doing the Daniel's fast....if you are not sure what that is, it is basically following a vegan diet plus not eating any sugar, white flour, or white rice. I've not really had any difficulty implementing into my lifestyle because I really enjoy whole grains, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts. I've discovered that I really don't miss meat....i just have to make sure I'm getting adequate protein from plant-based foods. I do not have a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods to shop at or go to for "fast" food; but,