One thing I have heard repeatedly is how important it is to incorporate strength training into my exercise regimen. I’ll be honest. When someone mentions I need to add some strength training, I usually just roll my eyes and say that I know I should be strength training, but I just don’t have the time. I mean it’s hard enough getting 4-5 days of running into my training. How am I supposed to fit in a couple of days of lifting weights? If I’m a runner why do I need strength anyway?
Strength training helps the body burn reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently. For runners in particular, it strengthens muscles and joints, which can improve race times and decrease injury risk. It targets areas of fitness you may not normally pay attention to, like flexibility, balance, mobility, and strength. I suffered from some Plantar Fasciitis issues in the late summer/early fall that would probably have not been as bad or debilitating had I been stretching and strengthening my legs and feet.
One of my goals for this year involves adding strength training to my weekly regimen. I am hoping to do a strength training workout twice a week, thus (hopefully), improving my running. After some research and advice from my athlete friends, I have decided to do this through kettlebells and yoga. My husband ever got me a set of kettlebells for my birthday.
There are lots of pros to kettlebells. They offer:
- Full-body conditioning.
- Big results by spending less time in the gym.
- Increased resistance to injury
- The ability to work aerobically and anaerobically simultaneously.
- Improved mobility and range of motion.
- Increased strength without increase of mass. Kettlebell exercises are often lean and toned, not bulky—a benefit that appeals to women and men alike.
- Enhanced performance in athletics and everyday functioning.
I particularly like the fact that kettlebells produce big results in less time. Between 15 and 30 minutes is all you need to tone and strengthen your muscles and get the results that strength training offers. So with that in mind, I have created the Diva Kettlebell Workout, a 15 minute (30 if you go through the exercises twice) total body workout.
I would really love to hear from all of you. What is your favorite type of strength training?
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