Sunday, July 3, 2016

Strength training at home

Although I manage quite a bit of yoga and go for the occasional run (when I "run" out of excuses), I've been thinking about attempting some weight training at home.

This is because I'm aware my body feels weaker than it could be, and having just turned 40, it seems like an opportune time to begin a new resolution.

The website NHS Choices says "To reduce the rate of natural bone loss that occurs from age 35 onwards, aim to do muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week". This includes "moderate-resistance weightlifting", or "exercising with resistance bands".

I wasn't sure where to start, but it has to be at home because family commitments mean I can't get to gym or go to a class. Pilates is one option for increasing core strength, but I'm keen to use weights too.

After an online search, I found a website called Fitness Blender, which contains free workout videos and quality health information. It was set up in 2009 by husband and wife team Daniel & Kelli. The site provides more than 400 free full length workout videos.

You can search by equipment needed, and when I selected kettlebell and dumbbell, there were dozens of workouts to choose from.

I used 2.5lb dumbbells (from Argos) and found a good workout that also included legs exercises. They also have downloadable programmes which tell you which to do each day, and mix cardio and strength exercises. The website is great for variety, as you can target different areas each time. 

It's such a flexible and enjoyable approach that I think I'll stick with it. I have even buy a range of weights in anticipation of getting stronger in the near future! This should be worth the investment, especially as I'm saving money on gyms.


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