Dumbbell Workout

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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?

Try the 10 minute dumbbell workout for yourself.

 

3 thoughts on “Dumbbell Workout

  1. Whole body or compound movements like the squat, deadlift, benchpress burn a lot of calories because they attract so many muscles at the same time. Kind of like swimming, have you tried any full body movements?

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    1. I’ve been doing squat and benchpress exercises, which I enjoy doing. If you have any more suggestions for a beginner like me then please share them.

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      1. Gosh there are books on weight lifting, I wouldn’t know where to start. The most important thing is that you enjoy your time in the gym, dont force yourself to exercises you don’t like. Fitness rewards you in long term, make your own program that you think you could stick with in the long run. Consistency and adherance is key. When you see a fit person in the gym it’s because that person have been working out for years. There are thousands of programs to pick between and every fit person has their own but fit people have 1 thing in common, they work out consistently for years.

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