3 reasons to start strength training, that have nothing to do with a 6-pack and will CHANGE your fitness journey!
Do you have specific goals for yourself? I.e. lose 10 lbs, build your booty or get rid of the excess weight around your midsection?
There is nothing wrong with having goals like this, and they might be your way to motivate yourself to start up and maintain a fitness routine.
But let me explain why I steer away from a main focus on these types of goals. Goals that might have you step on a scale more than you like; and might kill your mojo (and sabotage your progress!) while you’re at it.
First of all, let’s be honest. I like how strength training gives my body shape.
But that has become ‘icing on the cake’! A by-product of a fitness journey that FEELS GOOD! One that provides me with so many benefits that are NOT related to the aesthetic chase, and has given me habits for LIFE.
This however, wasn’t always the case. When I was younger, I didn’t have a healthy relationship with food (food and caloric intake consumed ME vs. me consuming it).
How much I ate, and what food I was still going to eat was always playing in the background. I had a lot of “good” and “bad” choices.
Fast forward to me becoming a mom for the first time.
Over the years, I had started to put a lot of effort, time and energy into healing that relationship with food (and ultimately that relationship with myself), but now postpartum anxiety started to enter, stage right.
To summarize: my (still) shaky self-worth now moved from a focus on my body, to this new role as a mom. It had me riddled with anxiety (sleep deprivation and hormones were not helping too).
I started to pick up running and that became one of my biggest self-care strategies.
I would be present in my body vs. stuck in my head.
Anxious energy would be able to move through my body.
I would BREATHE deeply.
It provided me with endorphins and dopamine on my most sleep-deprived days.
My runs provided me with a lot of clarity around my thoughts and emotions.
I started to add mini workouts at home and fell in love with strength training.
I learned to practice self-compassion, and it all added up to me feeling mentally and physically stronger.
Why am I sharing this? Because my journey with all of this, led me to changing my career as a Social Worker to a career in the fitness industry.
I wanted to support women with their fitness journey, and offer an angle within the industry that does NOT feed into (or foster) an already critical inner-narrative around body-image and self-worth.
Are you looking for some motivation to start strength training? Perhaps you would like your fitness journey to feel less obsessive and gain lasting motivation and create habits for LIFE?
Here are my top 3 reasons to strength train:
1. Mental Health Benefits.
2. It helps you participate in your daily living and other physical activities at a higher level. Now AND at an older age.
3. Improved posture.
About the author:
Mireille is a mom of 3 and owner and trainer at “Live it Fitness”. She has been running small group-, personal -, and online training for the last 6 years. Throughout these years, she helped women find confidence in a gym setting; create a solid foundation in strength training and find JOY in the process. She’s a huge advocate of strength training for women in ALL stages and seasons of their lives.