… lifting weights.
Yeah, this photo cracks me up, too. That is my very own 15-pound dumbell and I do occasionally lift weights at home, but I seldom feel compelled to put on full gym regalia to do so. And even less frequently choose to do so in my dining room. This was taken for a Lucy workout gear giveaway a few months back, and provides photographic proof that I do, in fact, lift. But it’s undeniably humorous. And wow, check out our mint plant going nuts in the background. Anyone need some mint?
It’s the dead of winter and that means the Workout Doldrums have settled in. In Februarys past, I’ve slacked off on my weight routine, saying to myself, “Ah, screw it. I’ll worry about tone come spring when my muscles will actually be visible. Why bother right now?” But since I conned Karen into giving me some arm-toning tips, I’ve been much more engaged in my workout and I’ve actually stuck to my weights all winter.
And I’m SO GLAD. I adore biking (when I can do it), I’m loving my great winter walking experiment, and am pretty proud of my planking prowess. But there is something so satisfying about lifting weights. It feels amazing. It feels like I am, quite literally, warehousing personal power for later use. And my little routine involves 12 and 15 pound dumbells, a Bosu ball, and a yoga ball. No bench, no fussing with machines, simple but challenging. I have no fear of the man-populated weight room and can use or figure out any machine in my gym, but it has been really rewarding to cook up a custom weight routine and play with it to such great effect.
I might have mentioned this 900,000 times already, but allow me mention number 900,001: Weight lifting is a fantastic way for women to improve bone density. Even if you are running your little hiney off, adding some weight training to your routine is wise. Even if you’re at your ideal weight, doing a few bicep curls will help you down the line. This article pulls a few annoying tricks, but it’s written by a pro trainer and explains in no uncertain terms why lifting won’t cause you to bulk up like the Hulk. (We’ve got a Strong, Sexy & Stylish podcast on this very topic coming up soon!)
I’ve been lifting weights for more than 10 years, and plan to stop … hopefully never.
Do you lift? What’s your routine like? Ever worked with a trainer? If you’re unsure about weights for your own workout, what are your concerns? Questions? I can try to get Karen over here to answer any technical queries you may have!