Have you often wondered why you should do strength training and why strength training is so important to your life?
After all, you’re on the move all day, running all around, lugging papers, perhaps bags full of papers. You may even have to climb those doggone stairs to reach your client all the while lugging those papers.
You’ve complained more than once about a needed stairs update, like a new office on the first floor, perhaps!
Yeah, you know climbing those stairs is good fer ya, but all those bags bumping into your derriere. You’re working real hard not to break a sweat, and in your good shoes, too!
Just how much more can you add on, and more importantly why should you?
By the end of the day, why you find yourself pretty wiped out. Correct that—exhausted, and you just want to plop and be comforted.
So you weren’t just being cheeky when you ask why is strength training so important in my life.
Oh, and BTW, I know when you land, your comfort isn’t coming via the food train. We’ve already gone over that. But just in case, here’s a reminder on how you shape your path and trim your birthday suit.
Okay, okay. So that may have been what your life looked like pre-Covid. What you thought then was hell on wheels but these day, the past isn’t looking so bad after all. Existence now in Covid, well, things are really getting to be a hot mess.
Wait, wait, I don’t mean that you’re getting to be a hot mess, no, no, no!
Here’s what life looks like now.
Your new-office-at-home keeps getting transplanted
One day in the living room, then to the kitchen, from the kitchen to bedroom, bedroom to dining room table. This is where family commune takes on a new meaning.
With all the family at home all the time, you looking for a more favorable location is requiring major adjustments and a host of family meetings. Certainly there’s no time for filing.
So, those papers, well they’re still flying except this time, they’re all over your house.
Your Changing Profile
Did I mention that you’re still going from one meeting to the next? Only this time there’s absolutely no movement, not an iota’s worth. I take that back. Perhaps, there’s a slight move of the head as you extend closer and closer to the screen.
Bringing me to a complaint I hear a lot of — the head-neck ache and profile which is quickly becoming akin to that of a turtle. Maybe if you change your meeting background, you can add some distraction, and the new turtle look won’t be so noticeable.
Shoulders are rounding. New aches are appearing. Fingers going numb, and when you get up to get another cup of joe, why, everything goes kapooolie!
Arms are flailing. You grab for the nearest solid something next to you. And with nothing but thin air, and you go slamming into the floor.
Still asking what is strength training and why do I need it in my life?
Other than those moments of looking like you’re really bad on the high wire, grabbing air in a mad effort not to fall, turns out you’re not moving much at all.
You get up, dust yourself off hoping no one caught that last act. You look around and you realize that something different has to happen.
This set up is not working.
You are now more frazzled than ever and starting to fray at the edges. And if that screen freezes one more time….
A great strategy to put in place
Hmmm, you think, perhaps that strength training that Donnalynn keeps talking about is something that really can help. It could be just the thing to change it all.
It could…it could…maybe it could even get me a little time to myself, dare I say, for myself?
Could strength training in my hectic unusual stressful life while sheltering in place help me manage better?
YES! A resounding YES!
In the past few months, things have gotten compounded…by a lot. I get it. BTW, so glad you asked.
Seeing The Beauty In Strength
You can preserve and improve your brain, body, performance and wellbeing. That’s quite a bit for a few minutes, and you get to carve out time for self. Besides that, those around you
will be so very appreciative of your new found attitude.
The benefits and effects of strength training can bring peace not only to the new-office-at-home but can create a healthy lifestyle and potentially increase longevity.
Not bad for 10 to 15 minutes a day, eh?
Strength training benefits can help you:
Manage the chaos at the new-office-at-home. Because you’ll be more focused, have more clarity and you’ll be in more control of your actions.
Strength training boosts brain health. As we mature, cognitive and structural changes take place allowing brain cells to decline. While working to preserve muscle mass, ie, doing your strength training workout, neuro-biological processes are triggered in the brain.
According to studies, strength training can lead to positive cognitive performance. It can also change brain activation patterns, thus, increasing functional changes in the brain.
These changes shows up as cognitive improvement particularly in the frontal lobe of your brain, the executive branch for decision making.
Revv up your metabolism so your day in front of the computer doesn’t end up with the Covid 15. That’s the 15 extra pounds a lot of folks are packing on these days that lands right around the middle wanting to be your BFF.
Strength training builds the muscle and burns the fat.
Physics tells us that two things can’t occupy the same space, so might as well chose lean muscle over fat, I say.
Factoid: Metabolism is a chemical process in each cell in your body, not some mysterious organ hiding out somewhere that gets summoned periodically.
Even More Interesting Factoid: On average, pound for pound, a lean muscle can burn 14 calories a day while fat burns 3 calories pound for pound. And things just keep getting better: the more lean muscle you have, the more burn you get, and the burn speed increases too. P.S. It also increases your hunger, so balance baby, balance.
…an object in motion stays in motion…Newton’s First Law
Then there’s the little jewel that we all love. Doing strength work keeps the metabolism working far beyond the time you spend doing the work in the first place. We would call that a good ROI or return on investment.
Besides burning the fat, you’ll have more energy, too. You can increase your energy by 20% and decrease the fatigue by 65%.
With strength training, you can:
• Rid you of the turtle neck profile because you’ll have more endurance and better alignment for better posture.
Strength training also helps prevent or slows down osteoporosis which can contribute to poor posture.
• Rid you of the new aches that keep popping up. Your muscles will be in the positions they’re supposed to be in and not be contorted or overstretched.
• Strong muscles give you support and keep you upright so you don’t face plant into the floor. You’ll have more balance and core strength that will fight to keep you up. (You still may look a bit funny as you flail, but you’ll have a better chance of remaining upright.)
• Strength training will release those marvy
endorphins we all look for which means no more yelling at the screen.
Okay, you get it and I hear you clamoring. Grab this strength training video where for 5 minutes a day you can experience all the good things that strong muscles bring.
Shape your path to a healthier, less frazzled, happier life. You’ll be in control in your new-office-at-home, on your online meetings and anywhere else you venture by bolstering your life starting today.
In fact, why not take a break and invite the family?