Why I Love Strength Training

I love to exercise and to move my body; I swim, I practice yoga, I ride my bike, I walk and hike, I like to dance.  And I love to lift weights. All of these activities hold a special meaning for me above and beyond the physical results.  But there is something extra special to me about strength training.  Let me tell you more.

Strength Training helps me stay young and in control

As we age, it feels like we lose so much.  Maybe you feel the same way – that everything seems to be going south and that the slide is out of our control. Mobility, memory, coordination, balance!  Not to mention the scale!   But when I lift weights or move my body through a yoga practice, I recapture control of my physical future.  I know that I am doing one of the most important age-defying, age-reversing things one can do.   Aging feels less inevitable and that gives me a special feeling of confidence and peace of mind as I gain more tenure with the calendar!  

When you lift weights regularly (with weights like dumbbells or with your body weight), you will move better and have more energy.  Your body looks leaner,  your posture will improve, your clothes will fit better, and you will have more coordination and balance.  

As my clients experience these results, I see their excitement build and the sense of opportunity open for them.  In the midst of one particular training session, a client (53 year old male) exclaimed with a huge “Yahoo! I feel 21 again. I am that strong!”  He was definitely feeling good!

If you want to recapture control of your physical future and get more energy, give Pam a call (630-653-8152).

Strength Training enhances my overall health

One of my most important health goals is to prevent disease from negatively affecting my life.  When I lift weights I know I am helping my bones and joints stay healthy and strong. I’m also helping my body use insulin effectively.  All important considerations to ward off osteoporosis, minimize the effects of arthritis, and reduce the risk of diabetes and inflammation in your body.  It also helps keep my heart and my brain healthy.  Every time I lift, I know I am sustaining my mobility, balance, and coordination – helping my body carry me through life.  

One of my clients recently shared a similar perspective, “By lifting weights and getting stronger, I feel more capable and that means independence for me. I know I am doing a very important thing to keep myself as independent as possible as in my elderly years.”

I find it profound that something as simple and as accessible as lifting weights has such a powerful impact on our lives today and in the future.  

Strength training is fundamentally easy to perform with the right direction and guidance.  Our experienced trainers can create a custom fitness plan just for you. Give us a call at 630-653-8152.

Strength Training translates to more ease and stability in my life.

One of my favorite memories from my personal training career is having a client (very petite mind you) swing open her front door with a huge, almost giddy smile on her face.  She had just discovered that she could lift her big frying pan with one hand (her frying pans held a lot of food as she cooked for 3 growing boys).  And she was equally thrilled that at the grocery store she could heft a case of water into the trunk of her car like it was nothing at all. Strength training was improving her everyday life by making things easier to accomplish.  

Strength training makes physical movement easier and more stable.  The aches and pains in my body go away as I build muscular strength and endurance. And I have the energy to keep up an active and rewarding lifestyle.  

When my body feels strong and solid, I feel strong and solid, and I move through life with more physical and mental ease. I love it!

Strength training builds my confidence, resilience, and determination

I love feeling my strength.  It reminds me to stand tall and be confident in who I am. I also feel young and vibrant.  There is definitely an extra boost of exuberance for life that comes from strength training. And there is definitely something fun knowing that I am doing something at age 57 that people many years younger than me can’t.  That might be a little immature on my part, but that knowledge puts an extra bounce in my step!  I’ll take it!

Strength training, like many physical activities, builds resilience that can carry over into other aspects of your life.  

I can’t always accomplish what I would like on any given day, but I know if I keep at it, progress will be mine.  

Sometimes I even hate the exercise set that my trainers ask me to do.  I get distracted with the effort and want to quit. But I know if I hang in there long enough and keep digging deep, I will be brought back into my body.  And once I am centered, I find my determination to continue the exercise.  A good lesson (and skill) to bring to other aspects of my life.

Strength training creates satisfaction and gratitude

It is satisfying to see improvements in the amount of weight I can lift or the number of repetitions that I can complete. It is gratifying too! I don’t know why. Maybe because it is just you, your body, and the weight. It is straightforward and tangible.  

You produce your gain.   And it is yours alone; no one can take it away from you. There’s satisfaction in that!

I have also learned that if I turn my attention to the progress my effort has produced rather than the actual outcome, the satisfaction I experience transcends into gratitude.  The sense of gratitude for what I accomplish in strength training awakens me to how much there is to be grateful for outside of the gym.  Our bodies are amazing organisms.  They are resilient and adaptable.  They serve us well and for that I am very grateful.

Now it’s your turn!

If you want to be able to flex your muscles for life, give me a call (630-653-8152) or email me at pstrand@strandfitnessllc.com.  We’ll schedule your complimentary, no-obligation consultation so you can experience the amazing benefits of strength training too!

To your health and fitness!

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About Pam Strand

Pam Strand is the owner of Strand Fitness, a personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton, serving Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Winfield, & Chicago Western Suburbs. To learn more about how Strand Fitness can help you reach your fitness goals, contact Pam (630 653 8152) and schedule your free fitness consultation. You can also learn more about our fitness solutions here: http://strandfitnessllc.com/fitness-solutions/

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