I’ve always loved exercising, not just because it keeps my body toned, but because of the way I feel after a workout. The feeling of endorphins flying through your body is amazing and can definitely pick you up on a bad day.
I used to dance six, sometimes seven days a week, but stopped when I gave birth to my Son, and since then I’ve been trying all sorts of exercise to find something I love again. I tried Thai boxing which I loved but found quite awkward as I have an old knee injury that kept getting in the way of training so I moved to Taekwondo which is much more fluid movements, it seems to agree with my knee much better.
I also LOVE pole dancing, as you will know if you have read my previous blog posts, and my most recent exercise passion is high intensity interval training (hiit).
I follow Bodyrock.tv for my hiit workouts and love it! They last approximately 12 minutes and then I’m done for the day. You may think that doesn’t sound like long enough to even break a sweat, but believe me it works you hard during that short time. I have even fallen to the floor in exhaustion after just one workout before.
The idea of hiit and why the workouts are so short is that you work as hard as you can possibly push for 50 seconds and then take a 10 second break before going again. This not only keeps your heart rate up, but also means that instead of spending hours working out at half your potential you give everything for just 50 seconds and therefore see results much quicker.
Hiit involves weight training but not quite to the standard of that in a gym so it gives you the benefits of weight lifting and cardio combined.
Hiit is getting really popular lately. I’ve been doing it on and off (depending on how much uni work I have) for about 8 months and still love it. You get used to the insanely small amount of rest time between reps and because the workouts are so fast you can fit a workout in most days. The only time I find it impossible to fit in is when I’m exhausted from doing uni assignments at certain times of the year and all that my body craves is rest.
I’m considering making the change to higher weighted strength training (weight lifting) and am currently weighing up the pros and cons. To be honest there are no cons that I have managed to find so far. Many women believe that lifting weights will bulk them out, but the truth is that women just aren’t made that way. Lifting weights as a woman will actually slim you down as the muscle gain will cause fat loss (the muscle will replace your fat). Women just don’t have the amount of testosterone in their bodies to create large amounts of muscle.
Sadly when women think of weight lifting they think of this…
But in reality, weight lifting will make most women look like this….
The first picture is someone who has had some ‘help’ with gaining muscle (steroids etc).
I am going to make the leap from hiit at home to weight lifting at the gym this week and am really excited to see how my progress goes. I will post before and after pictures once I notice a difference so that you guys can see if it’s something you’d be interested in. I will alternate between weight training and hiit as I am too addicted to hitt to abandon it completely.
But what I basically want to say is that you shouldn’t be scared of lifting weights whether you are male or female. Weight lifting is well known to increase muscle, and muscle is well known to increase your metabolism. Your metabolism is what decides how much food you can eat before gaining weight. Sexier curves and an improved metabolism…what are you waiting for?
For more information check out this website…
It should answer all of your questions.