You don’t need a gym
The first thing to remember about strength training is that you don’t necessarily need a gym. While using some of the equipment that gyms provide is definitely a plus (and handy), you can be successful just by using your own body.
Also, remember that working out doesn’t need to be a chore. Look forward to your workout as an opportunity to improve your health. Decide on your goals (do you want to be thin and firm or do you want to have more prominent muscles?) and stick to them.
You won’t necessarily “bulk up”
If you’re worried that using weights will make you “bulk up”, that’s not necessarily the case. Body building is more for show rather than for function. Those interested in bodybuilding or bulking up will use a heavier weight for fewer repetitions.
Strength training improves your body’s ability to move and is for the everyday functionality of the muscles. With strength training, you will use a lighter weight for more repetitions.
If you feel like you can’t be successful with weights — or working out in general — stop thinking this way. You can do much more than you think you can. After all, “Your body is much stronger than your mind!” (Joel Harper).
You are in charge
Probably the strongest message that came from our conversation was that we must keep our minds positive. Joel reminded us that we need to get into the mindset first and then fitness will come in to play. We need to remember that we deserve to get in shape. We deserve to be healthy. And we owe it to ourselves. What we have to remember is that it takes time to see results, and we can’t expect something to happen overnight.
Ask yourself, “What do I want to do?” and then do it. You might want to start small and build up. You don’t have to go to the gym or pay for a trainer to start seeing results and start on your path to getting healthy and strong.
Remember, too, that getting strong and seeing results is more than just working out. You need to be certain you are drinking plenty of fluids and choosing the right foods for your body.
Be sure to watch the video of the show. Joel and Sarah provide many more tips and tricks, not only for strength training, but also overall health and wellness (including running tips!).