We all know combined with cardio, it’s an integral part to keeping our bodies in tip-top form. All the experts recommend hitting the weights three days a week.
And I don’t know about you, but when I am running short on time at the gym, 99% of the time, I opt for cardio for the fast calorie-burn and drenched body over a slow, deliberate lifting session. I just don’t have the 90 min. a day I used to have to spend at the gym.
But I lifted on Sunday for the first time in weeks … and now I remember why I love it so much … the burn!
In addition to lifting, I biked Sunday and Monday, which actually uses a lot of upper-body strength. Even today, my arms, shoulders and upper body are hurting something fierce, and now I remember why I used to regularly lift 3 days a week. (As of late, it’s been three times a month! Tsk, tsk.)
In order to tighten and tone up again, I know I need to be strength training more often.
But I can’t get past the mental hurdle of my cardio obsession. From a (recovering) over-exerciser’s standpoint, it’s really hard for me to let go of the calorie-burn component of exercise.
And while weight lifting doesn’t burn nearly as many calories (for me, per my heart rate monitor) as cardio, the afterburn is what matters most. It makes the biggest difference in how my clothes fit, and how empowered I feel.
Plus, if I’m being completely honest … I don’t want to have to buy a new wardrobe this fall … that should be an incentive to get back to the weight room.
You’ll see me benching with the big boys.
How about you? What does your usual workout routine look like? Is strength training your main focus?