Take the Fear Out of Strength Training

Drew Saenz – Courtesy: R. Carson

Nothing is more frustrating than spending months exercising and not seeing the results. Maybe you found yourself starting a difficult routine and your current fitness level wasn’t there. Did this cause you to throw in the towel, giving up too soon?

We rely on shiny new programs and solutions to get us to our weight loss goals. When in reality, we need some practical, good old-fashioned strength training. Take the fear out of strength training. Don’t let the phrase intimidate you. It simply means you will make your body more vital by exercising. It does not mean you need to be a powerlifter or even try to lift more than your bodyweight out of a chair.

Challenge Yourself

The catchphrase “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you” couldn’t be more true regarding your health and exercise routine. BUT we all need to start a level with the right type of exercises that match our capabilities and aspirations.

In this edition of 4 Your Health Blog we will break down an effective gym or home-based exercise routine that you can implement right away.

The type of exercise in this session is proven to lower blood pressure, improve posture/back pain, account for much-needed weekly active minutes, and help you get closer to your ideal health and fitness goals.

The session below will take you less than 30 minutes to complete. Add in a few 30-minute walks each week. You will be well on your way to a well-rounded exercise routine and healthier lifestyle.

Drew Saenz – Courtesy: R. Carson

Keep It Simple

I get adding something new to your schedule can feel overwhelming. Keep it simple. Maybe slip this in the right before your shower in the morning, or right after you get off work. Try an exercise or two while you watch TV.

Keep your exercise simple enough that YOU’LL DO IT every week. Make it challenging enough that you have to get just a little bit outside of your comfort zone to accomplish it.

I’ve found short quick workouts work much better for me every day than longer drawn-out sessions that take 50 minutes plus. Are there times where you find yourself looking for something to do or just surfing the web? Instead try putting a workout block on your calendar to make it happen for yourself.

Trainer Tip

Ensure you include all four components in your exercise sessions for the best results. Don’t skip the warm-up or cool-down. These crucial complements of the session will help you prevent injury and get the most out of your routine.

Here is the full video of the home gym-based exercise routine, and below is a quick breakdown of what to expect.

The Warmup: Simple bodyweight exercises and stretches to raise the heart rate, reduce the risk of injury, and improve range of motion.

The Work: (strength) Bodyweight and resistance-based movements are designed to incorporate multiple muscle groups and challenge your body and can be modified for all fitness levels.

The Cooldown: (flexibility) Low impact body weight and mat exercises to restore resting heart rate levels and cool the body down.

There you have it. A simple and effective exercise routine that will get you closer to your ideal health goals in just two or three sessions per week!

You might be thinking, Drew- it’s not that simple, and you’re right. There is much more to creating a healthier lifestyle and habits, such as nutrition, sleep, and fostering healthy relationships.

Don’t worry. We will continue to tackle simple ways you can improve your health and fitness as a busy professional.

Your partner in health,

Drew Saenz

PS Whenever you’re ready, there are three ways I can help your people stay happy and healthy!

Here’s How We Can Help

  1. Join our Movement Break Program

Does your staff sit for far too many hours during their workweek? This simple program will help your people get more workday physical activity.

If you’re interested, email me at Drew@teamupaz.com with Movement Break in the subject line, and we will connect.

  1. Walking Club

Unsure where to get started with helping your people get more physical activity? Either onsite or virtually, starting a Walking Club is a time-tested and straightforward way to get your people moving. If you’re interested, email me at Drew@teamupaz.com with Walking Club in the subject link, and we will connect.

  1. Nutrition Workshop

Busy professionals are often confused about what solid and sound nutrition should look like to fuel their workday and get them closer to their health and fitness goals. If you want to learn more about how Team Up can stop this confusion in a fun and non-intimidating way, email me at Drew@teamupaz.com in the subject line, and we will connect.

The 4 Your Health Blog is for working men and women who want to plug health and fitness into their everyday life. Together we’ll get there!

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