Happy Monday you lovely bunch! How has your bank holiday weekend been so far? I know last Friday I asked for some suggestions on what kind of blog content you would love to see – having looked back at old blog posts that I have published in the past, my fitness posts have done super well, and I just wanted to take the time to reflect on how strength training has had such a big impact on my body confidence and building on muscle that is finally starting to show.
What I have learnt from the past few weeks, is that it is VERY easy to over-do strength training. Whether this be in your legs, your shoulders, your arms…the key is to push yourself a little further each time you get the weights out, or head to the machines, but to give yourself some rest time in between. If you’re going day after day after day, you don’t give your body enough time to build on the muscle, and you’ll simply end up injuring yourself which will do you no good in the long run.
Strength training also has a lot to do with the food you eat as well – I’m not going to go into too much detail here as I know talking about diet and weight can be a trigger for some people, but the more fibre, and fresh fruits you can get in your system, the better, and you’ll feel much more energised than if you were to eat a load of chocolate and sweets – you’ll simply end up with carb overload. Don’t ever think that one day you’ll wake up and be the Incredible Hulk because sadly that doesn’t happen (as much as I wish it could), but your strength will build up over time regardless of how slow and easy you take your fitness routines.
I tend to take it easy on the weights and start off lighter before heading for the heavier things. Bicep curls, kick backs, and shoulder press are my top three go-to exercises with the weights, and I’ll make sure to do some push-ups and ab rollout too on the mat. There are so many different ways to build up your strength and it’s just finding the right way that suits you.
Do any of you have some good strength training tips? Whether that be your core, arm muscles, or even the muscles in your legs?
Unfortunately, it’s back to work for me tomorrow (as I’m sure a lot of you can also relate to!) and the few days after but on Friday the birthday celebrations begin, woooo!!
Monday Motivation: “You are strong ~ regardless of your situation and the circumstances that surround you. You are strong enough to handle anything on your terms and to ignite your happiness first before anyone else’s.”