Do you want to get into great shape but don’t know exactly what to do? Do you want to feel feminine, lean, muscular, strong and energized? Then strength training should be your focus.
My own experience with strength training
About 20 years ago I stopped ice skating after 15 years (I started ice skating at the age of 3, Alhamdulillah). I started to live an unhealthy lifestyle and didn’t do any exercise practically. After 6 months of being “free” from the hard and regular ice skating workouts, I honestly felt sick! My health was a disaster or at least it wasn’t good. I couldn’t hardly run even a kilometer. My self-esteem and self-confidence was very low as well!
So I found strength training, Alhamdullilah, and got a membership at the local gym. My mum asked me if I wanted to study to become a Massage Therapist; and I found passion in my life again!
I got books, I read and I learned as much as I could about strength training and wellness. I worked out hard and dedicated, and I focused on my own eating habits and nutrition. I loved it!
Soon I became Fitness Trainer and Certified Personal Trainer, along with Group Training instructor and so on.
After the birth of my first girl, 3,5 years ago, I was surely thankful for have been so active in my life with strength training. Because after a C-section when you first cannot move or even manage basic things yourself, it can be quite shocking!
I cried for few minutes, because of how I felt in my body. But then I turned it into mental- and physical strength to get back up!
As a mum and as a woman you surely need strength in your daily life! To carry groceries, to carry your kids, to have a beautiful and functional posture, to have a strong and functional pelvic floor, to control the weight and be in good health, have energy, not have back pain and to just feel confident and fantastic!
There are many things that we need, or at least that we really can benefit from when we have, and there are so many good benefits with strength training. Like, “- I want that, let’s go and take it!”
A healthy approach
One of the most common health issues among people, and perhaps among women in general, is weight loss. Not that we need to be some kind of “slim fit model”, but rather having a healthy lifestyle which naturally make us lean and fit is recommend thanks to the attached health benefits of course. Because simply; good health is a blessing and can make us happier, than if we are tired, unhealthy and fatigue.
And our body has been given to us as a trust from Allah SWT, so we need to take care of it. And being healthy and energized can increase the opportunities of being productive and increase in worship for His SWT’s sake, and that will benefit us in our next life, in Shaa Allah!
Difference between weight loss and fat loss
Many diets promote losing weight quickly, and many women focus on the scale, rather than what it is that they actually are losing. Sadly enough they also end up yoyo-dieting and are left without the long lasting results they wanted. How many women don’t hate the scale!?
Losing weight to have a healthy body fat percentage is merely important. Because it’s the excess fat from bad lifestyle choices and lack of exercise that gives overweight most of the time. It’s the fat percentage we want to reduce, and we want to maintain and build muscles!
When we reduce the fat under the skin the muscles may become defined and we will experience a lean and fit body.
How do we burn fat?
We need to create a calorie deficit. In simple terms it means that we need to burn more calories than we put in, i.e. eat well, in balanced and right amounts and burn more, than the calories we put in. If we eat more than we burn, we will gain weight. It’s like simple mathematics.
Healthy foods in moderate amounts contains less calories than junk food. Healthy food helps to build the body and muscles which will have a positive effect on your health.
Exercise makes you not only feel great in so many ways, but it also helps to burn more calories and fat.
For efficient results of our efforts for a healthy lifestyle, we want to do what we can to increase our metabolism and burn as much as possible, even after the workout.
To explain it further in a super simple way. When we do high intensity cardiovascular training, like running or HIIT (high intensity interval training), we might burn more calories during the session itself. But with strength training we increase lean muscle mass, i.e. get larger engines and we burn more calories even during rest. That is why strength training is so great for you.
Other benefits of strength training are for example that you get a better posture. With a good posture you may prevent injuries, because you move and lift in a correct way.
A good posture makes you feel more confident and simply feeling great. When you’re stronger, you have more energy for yourself and those around you which will make it easier for you to carry out your duties.
Strength training does also have a positive effect on the skeleton, namely increase bone density, prevent diabetes and heart diseases.
Be in excellent shape
With focus on strength training, some cardio vascular exercise and healthy foods including sufficient amounts of protein are the best ways to build and maintain muscles, lose fat and be in excellent shape.
Cardiovascular training such as walking, running, biking and so on are great and important too for fat loss and your general wellbeing, but it will not give you the positive benefits of strength training, so give strength training a serious try and let me know how it goes!