I ran this morning, and then I ran to the fitness center in our club house. It’s about the size of a small office, so there’s nothing fancy or exciting about it. Most of the time, it’s empty, and either I or my husband and I get the whole Universal System to ourselves, and other times (like this morning) three people walked in right after me.
At first, my first thought was, oh no, it’s going to be so tight, and then I changed my thinking and thought: Wow, three other people right here with me are getting their health on! How freaken awesome is that. I love to learn a little something new about health and fitness and our bodies every single day. It helps me stay motivated in getting up and out each morning. I have lost motivation in the past, and it’s so hard to get it back and get excited about a previous goal. But once you are going, you have to keep going, and to keep going, we need to continue to learn and live and live and learn all we want.
I always knew weight training, and resistance training is great for your body. For the longest time on my vision board I always had: Cardio, Yoga and Weight Training as lifetime and everyday fitness goals. Lately, I’ve been watching more YouTube and reading more about the benefits of weight training. It’s pretty amazing what happens when we continue to use our muscles, keep our lean muscle mass as we age, and even grow it stronger. The last several weeks I decided that ever other morning I was going to run my 20 minutes, end at the gym and then go there to do three weight training exercises.
Today was my third day of this routine. One day I lower body, so I did squats with a medicine/weighted ball. Then I did quad extensions on the big ham/quad machine. Then I put my foot through one of those loops the Universal machine offered (you can do about 1K different exercises on it, no joke), and raised my leg to the side to strengthen my hip muscles. It was a legit sore booty day the next day, but felt good in a painful way.
Today was upper body, so I did the row on the Universal machine, then a pull-down exercise on the Universal, and then a shoulder press on another machine they have there. I did 3 sets of each exercise with 10-15 reps each. I’m still warming up, so I wasn’t lifting to failure. But even 20 pounds on the shoulder press machine was extremely difficult.
This is the main machine at our fitness center. It’s about 3/4K retail, and after you really learn how to use it and LOVE IT, it might be worth the price. For now, it’s .5 miles away from our home, and totally worth the run there.
Certainly this year, getting moving, getting fit, getting focused on exercise, and running, and weight training, and everything else that is still coming up, isn’t as much as how my body looks or will look. It’s 10000% on how it feels, and how healthy it is, and how balanced and at peace and strong and happy it can stay. If we start to look at it from that perspective, it’s all about working with our bodies, and giving them everything they need to function properly for the long term.
There’s a TON of things we can all do in the short term to get into a pair of pants, or look good, or even temporarily feel good. But what about the LONG TERM? What if you weight train 100 days each year going forward, and add 25 HEALTHY years to your life, where you are able to move and be independent, and strong, and hormonally in balance. Instead of declining health and limited movement at 75, you continue to walk and even run, and weight train, and travel and love and eat naturally, and do everything and anything you have done previously, but even with more sass and finesse.
I have a long way before I can call weight training and resistance training and maybe even heavy lifting a way of life for me, or a part of my routine. I am JUST getting started and uncovering this world. But, it feels good to break down a bit of muscle, to rebuild with strength. The best part about weight training is that you are unable to see the results immediately. Weight training (at least for me) is believing in the process and getting it done, and improving on it when your body is ready.
The older we are, the more we know our bodies. We know what we NEED to get better. We know what we need to feel healthier. We know our body types, we know what foods effect us, what we need to avoid, what we need to do more of, we know ourselves more today than ever in the past. I’m rowing the same boat as we all our. Once we have this knowledge, it’s a whole other animal to put it into practice and way of living. And THAT’S the hard part. At least for me it is. And that’s why I write and share and read and learn, and surround myself with people who are also trying their best to be who they are, and deserve to be.
My mom started working out and weight training when I was in high school. So she was just 36 years old, just a year older than I am today. Today, she still goes to the gym, she does her cardio and she weight trains. She is a nurse and is on her feet all day when she’s working in the hospital and is staying strong. Does weight training have a lot to do with the fact that she’s healthy and able to move and travel and continue a physically demanding job? Fo’ sure. Really proud of the routine my mama got into decades ago, and excited she’s keeping it going.
For Christmas, my husband and I purchased a set of dumbbells for ourselves. He ended up getting 55 pound weights and I got 25 pound weights. They are our bedroom’s decor, because I wasn’t born with that beautiful style gene. Whenever I get a moment I lift mine and get stronger. One morning during a weekend, I did a little routine in our living room, and my baby girl did it with me. She used cans full of mandarins to get her sweat on, and afterwords, I told her to return the cans to the pantry. Instead, she wanted to put her “weights” right next to mine.
Cheers to getting fit. Staying fit. Getting strong. Staying strong.
#stayubermotivated in all you do