This week’s TIART topic at the Runner’s Lounge is strength training,
Pre-kids, I used to work out at the office gym 4 or 5 times a week. At least two of those days, I did strength training for about 45 minutes. I still preferred cardio, but I did my weights and saw some nice muscle definition.
Fast forward 8 years and 2 kids and the abs ain’t what they used to be. My legs are strong from all the running and my arms are strong from toting around a three year old, but muscle definition is seriously lacking. Add in age related metabolism slow down and it’s not a pretty sight.
One of my goals for the year was to start doing strength training. Since I always put it off when it involved even a 15 minute commitment, I decided I’d do 5 minutes a day, alternating upper, lower, and abs. After a run or while the kids are in the bath, I set my timer and work the designated body part for 5 minutes. I have weights stashed on every level of the house and various ripped out magazine pages with weight routines sitting in convenient spots. Today I even plopped down on the carpet in our front hallway and did crunches for 5 minutes before I picked up Jones for school.
And it’s working! I’m not going to be winning any body building contests, but my legs are stronger, I can see definition in my shoulders, and my abs are firmer. And the best part is that seeing what doing that little bit has done for my body is making me want to do more.
I’ve always felt like I had to do a “real” workout to see results and since I didn’t have time for that, I never bothered. Well, I was wrong. The five minutes a day is making a difference. Maybe not as big of a difference or as fast of a difference, but a difference nonetheless. So I’ll continue to squeeze in my strength training each day and maybe some day I’ll be bikini ready again (not likely LOL!)