ok. OK. I get it now and I might give in and start weight training.
how do I even get started? is there a book you recommend? something I can do at home? I dont want to drag a book all over the gym with me.
This is the question I most often get asked (and, I know, the one for which I begged by issuing the YA’LL MUST WEIGHT LIFT decree) and the answer is both long and short.
The short version? There are definitely exercises you can do at home. Easily.
That said, Im not a huge advocate of at-home weight training if you’re a complete novice (your email didnt say) if you dont have a live-guide at least once.
This could be a trainer you hire and bring to the house simply to show you what to do (proper form to avoid injury *and* to be sure you’re doing the exercises right so you arent wasting your time).
A weight training video (I need to keep searching for a good one. when I find it I shall share)
Or even a virtual personal trainer (aka on-line trainer) whom you never meet face to face but you do get a program precisely TAILORED to your needs/limitations.
You might consider signing up for a gym membership for a short time (month to month if possible) and glean all that you can both from the initial “show around” and watching/asking other members what they like to do.
There is a reason that gyms are all kinds of MIRRORED & it’s not just because the men (sorry guys) wanna gaze at themselves.
It is far easier to perfect your form when you can easily see every side of yourself as you do the exercise.
Learn there. Bring it home!
Also, (again this is just MizFit’s opinion) when I had clients working out at home with free weights Id encourage them to only lift their upper body (chest, back, bicep, tricep, shoulders).
It’s difficult to find good leg exercises to do at home (lunges are fantastic though & we’ll cover in a facetime) and beyond that you work your legs when you do cardio (hint-hint) and in daily living (unlike, say, your triceps).
It also saves time.
Time which you may, if you choose, tack on to your cardiovascular workout.
Hath MizFit digressed?
I fear I have.
Bottom line emailer? Yes. You can totally create an at home workout using the resources listed above and, if you want, the extra help of magazines such as Shape. You can create a binder, buy the free weights you need and get a really quality workout without exiting the domicile!
It’s useful to hire a trainer even ONCE just so you’re sure that you are interpreting the book/dvd correctly.
Or, perhaps, hire MizFit as your trainer.
When she mightcould actually get her chickenbus together & (convince her ToddlerTornado to cease tornado-ing and) offer her services.
Most important? HAVE FUN.