Getting Started With Weights

by Megan K on June 12, 2011

Recently, I gave two talks on exercise at Preferred One Insurance Company in Golden Valley.

In the talks, I went over definitions of fitness, adding more movement to your daily life and getting started with weights or resistance training.

As a group, we defined fitness as having enough energy to complete all of our daily activities and those things that we want to do-with adequate energy. We examined a more traditional definition of fitness that includes strength, endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular or cardiorespiratory fitness and body composition.

I explained to the group that getting started with exercise can be fairly easy and that the workouts themselves do not need to be physically exhausting or draining for people to see great results and make progress!

I surprised some of the participants by explaining that resistance or weight training is a way for exercisers to improve all five, of the above, components of fitness. By training with resistance, keeping the movements easy and quick you can improve your cardiorespiratory fitness, your flexibility, your strength and your endurance while looking better and improving your body composition.

To get started we covered how to execute three large resistance based exercises:
the push press, the squat and the bent over row.

Exercise takes time and diligence, but it doesn’t have to take a lot of time and it does not need to be hard! ¬†Even adding movement two to three times a week can provide big improvements in mood, physical fitness and overall well being. It is my hope that this presentation will have provided the participants enough information to get started adding more movement in their daily lives. There is a time to talk, but there is also a time to act. Be sure that when you talk about your goals with exercise that you also get out there and take action!

In good health,
Megan K

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