Up until about a week ago, my goal was postpartum weightloss, to lose that dreaded baby belly. Apart for the 1 or 2 kilos that I need to lose, I am more or less sorted in that front. My tummy has gone in considerably and I fit into all my pre-pregnancy clothes. Now the aim is to strength train and build my endurance. I wouldn’t consider doing Body Pump classes my holy grail. It sure is a great start for beginners and I have been there and done that myself, but now I am looking for something more streamlined.
In this part of the world, there is this general stigma that lifting weights makes you bulk up. People couldn’t have gotten it more wrong.
What is weight training?
The use of resistance to muscular contraction to build the strength and strong muscles which inturn benefits your heart, improves your balance and equilibrium, strengthens your bones, maintains healthy bone density, promotes insulin sensitivity, improves disease recovery, helps you lose weight while at the same time make you look and feel better.
Weight Training benefits:
Improved muscle strength and tone
Strength training protects your joints from injury. It also helps you maintain flexibility, balance and dexterity.
Not only does resistance traning help to shed kilos but it helps keep the weight off for good. Consistent training results in increased muscle-to-fat ratio. As you gain muscle, your body burns more kilojoules even when at rest. In short it mean you burn more CALORIES!
As you grow stronger, you won’t get tired as easily. You will have more energy for chores around the house, play with the kids and do all your day to day activities.
Improved Disease recovery
Resistance training is pertinent for the prevention or control of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, back pain, depression and obesity. It also helps in pain management for several muscles and joints.
Weight training builds and strengths your back and shoulder muscles which otherwise are never being used. This in turn improves your posture and immediately elevates your overall look.
Improves bone density
Weight training improves bone density and strength and reduces risk of osteoporosis. This is especially important for women because as we age we lose about 1% of our bone and muscle strength.
Improved sense of wellbeing
Resistance training helps boost your self-confidence, improve your body image and your overall mood. It has been proven to be great anti depressant.
It is "Bring a Buddy" week at the Elite Gym in Oman. My hubby who (has different goals as comapred to me) has been training there with Coach Yoka, decided to take me. We had great workout together and then I got talking to the Coach who very kindly agreed to train me for a few sessions to get me started on this journey of mine. I explained how I wanted to tone my post baby body, especially my arms and back. I have now had 2 personal traning sessions with the Coach and needless to say I'm beat. I am sure I will see results in the next 6-8 weeks. Persistence and determination would be key.
Stay tuned to read more about my LEG day and ARMS & SHOULDERS day. Pain would be an understatement but as they say, NO PAIN - NO GAIN.