I have never really been a fan of weight training. I love cardio and I would rather run for miles or do a fun workout video. I always got bored when lifting weights. Cardio is my jam!
Within the last couple of months my opinion on weight training has changed. I have always known how important it was to weight train regularly but I found it so boring so I always skipped it. But lately something just clicked, and now I am actually enjoying lifting weights and look forward to days when I weight train.
I work out at home, by myself. I have my dumbbells and my body weight. (a good yoga mat is a help too!) I really enjoy coming up with new strength training routines and have found what works best for me. I really enjoy body weight exercises for muscle building. This would be moves like planks, lunges, squats, pushups, etc.
Another thing I really think has helped me when it comes to weight training is that I work two muscle groups at once. I cut down on my training by working multiple muscle groups, so I am working harder and burning more calories in a shorter period of time.
This is an example of one of my weight training routines:
1 Minute Plank
12 Squates with Overhead Press
12 Curls to Overhead Press
12 Plank Jacks
12 Lunges with Bicep Curls
If you want to aim up your strength routine you can get an inexpensive weight bench and open up even more possibilities!
There are so many benefits to weight training. It helps with weight loss (arguably more then cardio does!), helps builds strong bones and joints, and of course makes day to day tasks easier, because you get stronger!
Looking for more info on muscle building and strength training? Check these posts out:
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I’ve never been into lifting weights but from what a few different personal trainers I know (but don’t use personally lol) have said, when it comes to weight loss and toning, weights are an important part of the process. I’m still up in the air about it. I have a couple handheld 5 lb. weights at home but I don’t really use those either lol. I like your idea of doing your own thing and finding what works best for you. And thanks for the reminder that I can use my own body (body weight) as a tool too – best option and most inexpensive one at that 😉
It’s true! It costs exactly $0 to do use your own bodyweight for strength training!!
Will this be effective same as hitting the gym? I love to try these tho very convenient.
It will be as long as your are consistent!