A Strong Start to Your Week

Happy Monday everyone! I know it doesn’t feel like spring on the East Coast, but it is here. I am getting in spring spirit by cleaning. What are you doing to celebrate the season?

Remember this guy?

20140324-112319.jpg

It’s Garfield, everyone’s favorite lasagne eating cat! He hated Mondays. Dr. Everett used to bemoan the beginning of the week as well, but now she sees it as an opportunity to start (or continue) healthy habits.

20140324-112825.jpg

The Centers for Disease Control recommends at least minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity plus two days muscle strengthening exercises or 75 minutes vigorous intensity aerobic activity plus two days muscle strengthening exercise a week to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. For many of us, it is easy to do cardiovascular activity, but we may neglect strength training.

The benefits of strength training are endless, from improved body composition to more restful sleep. This week I will share some of Dr. Everett’s favorite strength training exercises. Before I sign off for the day, I want to leave the ladies with a visual that will help dispel the “weight training makes you larger” myth.

First, think of what a pound of cotton balls would look like, and how much space they would take up.

20140324-120029.jpg

Next, visualize how much space a pound of gold would occupy.

20140324-120211.jpg

The cotton balls represent fat (that takes up lots of space and aren’t worth much) and the (valuable) gold bars are muscle. Which one would you rather have in your body?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s