Like many women, I steered clear of weights when exercising as I was worried about becoming too muscly and bulky. I much preferred cardio workouts and enjoyed keeping fit by walking, occasionally running and swimming.
I had my first child 18 months ago and am currently 28lbs heavier than my ideal weight. I can no longer use the excuse “I’ve just had a baby” as this isn’t pregnancy weight. I’ve been using large amounts of food to get me through sleepless nights and the general stress of being a new parent
Strength training is great for fat burning and body sculpting so as well as going for brisk walks with the buggy, I decided to add some weights to my exercise routine. I decided to take it slow to begin with so I chose a 10 minute dumbbell workout by celebrity trainer Jackie Warner that I found on YouTube. This workout gives you a full body workout and is a great introduction to strength training. The exercises weren’t complicated but I definitely felt as though I was getting a proper workout.
I’ve done this workout a few times now and do it in the morning just after I have given my daughter her breakfast and she is sitting safely in her highchair. I started off using two tins of beans instead of weights to ease myself into it and am now using 2kg weights. As a die hard cardio lover, I was surprised at how much I enjoy this workout. I expected it to be an ordeal that I would have to endure through gritted teeth but I actually look forward to doing it each morning and feel ready to move on to a longer dumbbell workout.
What type of exercise do you prefer, strength training or cardio or do you try to mix up your routine?