I added strength training!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

I finally took the plunge to add strength training to my workout, and today I can feel that not-so-bad "burn" or soreness in my quads. I tried five different moves yesterday that I had never tried before (and decided today needed to be a rest day):

Lateral Lunges
Medicine Ball Squats with Overhead Lift
Wall Pushups
Modified Plank

I found them on Sparkpeople, I did ten reps of each, and I was surprised at how easy it was to follow the directions and look at the photos to figure out how to do the moves. As you can see, I am a pure beginner when it comes to strength training. I hated P.E. all throughout elementary, junior high, and high school. If you had told me ten years ago that I would be trying to incorporate these kinds of moves into my life on a weekly basis, I would have laughed in your face! (Or maybe I would have just politely told you you were talking to the wrong person).

Then again, if you had told the ten-years-ago me that I would become a kosher vegetarian, I never would have believed that either!

It's amazing to think about all the healthy changes I've made over the past couple years. Sparkpeople has also affected my lifestyle in ways I could never have foreseen: I am more conscious of the different kinds of nutrients my body needs (protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates), and which things I need to limit (sodium, refined sugars). Oh, and I stopped drinking soda! I used to be a "32-oz or more of Diet Coke per day" person, and now I don't drink any form of soda because I don't want to consume artificial sweeteners/High Fructose Corn Syrup. Who would have thought?

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    2023 days ago
    Change will do you good!
    2023 days ago
    Strength training, emoticon !!!

    And that kosher vegetarianism.... funny how you look around one day and yikes, there you are!
    2023 days ago
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