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We all want to look and feel our best – especially as spring is just around the corner.  We want those sexy curves, toned and tight butt and nicely defined arms.  We look in the mirror every day and may often think ‘I don’t like this about that’ or ‘I am unhappy with that aspect of my body’.  We torture ourselves and think how hard it is to have a toned body, or fit those yummy skinny jeans in the wardrobe, or how we are going to look in that super new outfit we have bought for some special occasion. 

So my question to you is, is it really that hard?  Are we imagining ourselves spending countless hours exercising, running, doing what we consider impossible boot camps or the like?  Starving ourselves and being miserable?

Well, truly, it isn’t that hard, nor should it be.  The answer?  It could be as simple as including some weight lifting into your fitness schedule…. pumping iron!

Finding and scheduling 20 – 30 minutes in our day three or four times a week is really more about planning the time into our day rather than thinking we just don’t have the time.

More importantly, truly understanding why it is important to have ‘more iron’ in our fitness routine would be a better consideration. Then, perhaps, we can start to easily adjust our timetables, make the time and start to benefit from a little more ‘lift’.  So what are some of the reasons it is important to consider incorporating weights into our exercise regime – or even starting an exercise regime in the first place?  What little extra can we do to feel better about ourselves?

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As we age we lose muscle mass – from the age of 35 years we are on a bit of a downward trend – and most of us will replace that muscle with fat.  Our metabolism slows and, while we eat pretty much the same as we always did, we don’t burn the calories as efficiently.

ncorporating some weights into our lives will help to build muscle, keep the metabolism working and help us to burn the fat more efficiently. It will help our mood and also affect our body shape. Now that doesn’t mean we have to turn into a weightlifting champion – or build heaps of muscle!  That is simply not possible for the female body – women just do not have the testosterone to build lots of muscle.  Lifting weights and getting lean, strong muscle and having a more toned appearance is what we are after and it is relatively easy to do.  And, of course, that means a slimmer shape……..  dropping your dress and jeans size is what we are all about.

Then there is the bone density conversation – the dairy industry promotes and wants you to eat more cheese and yoghurt and drink more milk because, of course, they contain calcium which will help to prevent osteoporosis as we age.  Or is there another way – especially for those of us who cannot tolerate dairy or simply don’t like it very much.

As you exercise with weights, muscle, which is attached to the bone, pulls on the bone and helps to make it stronger.  Simply put, weight lifting can prevent and also reverse osteoporosis and help prevent fractures and broken bones.

Some of the other benefits of lifting more iron are the enhanced mood, less stress and it can also help to improve posture and reduce back pain.

Simply put – having more iron in your life is the bomb!!  Weight training builds muscle, as lean muscle increases so does our metabolism. A higher metabolism means that you will burn more calories all day long helping trim inches off your thighs, hips and waist.  Studies have also shown that the harder you work the longer the effect will be in the body – the benefits of strength training can last hours, or even days, after a workout.

So, if you would like to talk about how to incorporate some more iron into your life….. please just give me a call.  I am happy to offer you a complimentary initial consultation when we can talk about your goals and what is important to you.

 

Katie English – qualified Personal Trainer and Registered Financial Adviser.
021 634 451