5 Things I Have Learned About Lifting Weights

I have been talking up boot camp for awhile now, and it’s because I have seen changes in my body like I never saw when I was just running. I always assumed I was “in shape” because I could run a marathon, but y’all, I really wasn’t in overall good health/shape. lifting weights has helped me in so many ways though!

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I have urged, begged, and pleaded with you in the past to start strength training if you are mainly just doing cardio, and yup, I’m going to do it again. I would love to make a believer out of you! Here are five things I have learned since I started lifting.

1.) You burn calories for longer: When you lift weights, you have the potential to burn calories for HOURS after, even while you sit on your couch. Your muscles have to repair themselves, so yup, better calorie burn for you, without the extra work! I don’t know about you, but I much prefer burning calories in my PJ’s on the couch than actually having to stay at the gym for an extra hour.

2.) You will look better: Let’s face it. Someone who looks strong looks healthy. My posture is better, my arms look better in a tank top, and I have gotten rid of a lot of excess jiggly flab all over my body. I feel way more toned and tight than I ever did just running. I love it!

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3.) You will run faster: Lifting has made my legs way stronger, so I am able to run faster than before with less running workouts. I have the strength to hold my body in proper running form longer, too. I was so surprised to PR in my 5K last month because I only run once a week right now!

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4.) You probably won’t bulk up: I say probably because you can bulk up, but it is highly unlikely it will happen unless you are trying to. I go to boot camp and lift four days a week and while I am more toned, I do not feel bulky. Don’t let this common misconception stop you!

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5.) You will feel more confident: Looking better, feeling better, and being able to do more with my body has given me such a sense of accomplishment. I am not as afraid to try new things, and I am so thankful that for all that my body does for me every day. It’s just this overall sense of wellness that is kind of addicting. Join me?

As always, please check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine. You will probably be really sore at first but don’t give up! Sore is good. Live for the sore! Let’s all be healthy and fit this summer.

QOTD: Do you lift weights? How does it make you feel? Has it helped you in other areas like running or another sport?

Weekly Workout Recap: July 2013 Week 4

Rainy weekend down here in Mississippi. Bobby and I  got POURED on during our 11 mile run yesterday. If only we had run a little bit faster we wouldn’t have had sand pelting our bodies (exfoliator anyone?) crazy wind and hard rain. At least it was in the last couple miles of our run.

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soaking wet after 11 miles at the beach + a thunderstorm

Check out how the rest of my workout week went:

Sunday: rest

Monday: 6 mile treadmill run

Tuesday: weights, 40 minutes stationary bike

Wednesday: 3 mile run, 15 minutes stationary bike

Thursday: weights, 30 minutes stationary bike

Friday: 40 minutes elliptical

Saturday: 11 mile long run

I was very proud that I did cardio 6 days this week after being out of town for so long. It was tough getting back to it, but this is the first time I have run 20 miles in one week since February I think. This next week will be a running cut back week, then the next will have my last really long run before Dumbo Double Dare. I am not where I wanted to be speed wise, but I am confident in the distance. Now what about back to back runs…yeah I haven’t done any of those yet. Maybe this week.

QOTD: How many days of cardio do you do a week?