Ok, ladies, I know that lifting weights may sound like a boring time to you, or you might be intimidated by Mr. Muscle Head who is grunting on that side of the gym, but there is no excuse. Lifting weights is the only way to truly change your body. And as each year goes by, now is the time to ensure that we do not lose bone density. This is especially important for petite and small-framed women, like myself, who have a higher propensity for osteoporosis. Aren’t genetics wonderful?
Cardio is important for your heart and yes, we as runners love the feeling that a good run can have on the body. However, I know that cardio is not the end all be all to my workouts. Being consistent with weight training helps to improve my runs, makes my body feel complete and well-rounded, tightens the problem areas, cuts the fat, increases the muscle, and overall tells people “yeah, I’m kick ass…that’s right.”
But really in all seriousness, you have to make weight lifting a habit and even as I write this I’m trying to decide whether I have time to fit in a workout of such tomorrow. It requires a little more planning and learning how to target different muscle groups. I am by no means perfect at this part of my workout routine. But I know how important it is to my overall health and strength.
So don’t be afraid of joining the men on that side of the gym. Your body will thank you.