Even if you don’t feel like it.
I’ve never really loved lifting weights.
But I’ve tried to be consistent with it through the years because I like the results of having toned legs and arms.
I stopped lifting a few years ago though because I burned out on it and lost my discipline for it.
I noticed a dramatic difference almost immediately, not just in the way I looked but the way I felt: weak, lethargic and squishy.
So I picked it up again – literally – because research has shown the older women get, the more important resistance and strength training becomes. It helps slow down bone loss and helps retain muscle mass.
Plus, research has shown that exercise can slow down the aging process by keeping your body stronger, more functional and less prone to injury.
What a bonus!
I now practice strength training five days a week. I’m not aiming for bulging biceps so I don’t lift exceptionally heavy weights and because I still don’t love lifting weights, I’ve learned to appreciate the kettlebell.
It’s a different kind of weight that I enjoy using because it gives you a total body workout: strength, endurance, flexibility and balance.
And it’s fun!
I feel like a warrior when I do a kettlebell swing or squat!
It can seem intimidating at first.
But I encourage you to give it a try.
One of the keys to discipline is finding something you enjoy.
If you love it, you’ll do it!