After I discovered the beauty of outdoor run/walk and how the scale moved in my favour, I got hooked on it – still hooked. Of course, who wouldn’t be when the weights were falling off with the speed of light. I ran 5 times a week and took casual walks on Sunday evenings – by the way, Sundays are supposed to be my rest days, but this Vivian ended up doing some form of workout…lol. That’s super addiction (don’t copy me).
As the scale kept moving, I noticed after about 4months of consistent run that something wasn’t right with my body composition. My upper body was weak and much bigger than my lower body. Yes, my endurance level was fast developing, but I lacked physical body STRENGTH. What was going on? Strength Training was missing!
Strength Training (ST)!
A medical dictionary defines strength training as “a method of improving muscular strength by gradually increasing the ability to resist force ……”
This is where push-ups, squats, dips, weights, planks and every other workout program that requires your strength to get them done. You need to work on your muscles and that was the mistake I was making ignorantly.
Boom! Quickly, I reorganised my workout routine to inculcate ST programs by doing the following:
1. I made it a point of duty to hit the gym after my run on the days I had free mornings and focused on weights.
2. Strength training programs which didn’t require any equipment were done at home, especially in the evenings.
3. Sometimes, I’d wake up early to do a few push ups, planks, abs, or dips before hitting the road for a run. (For dips, I use the edge of my bed).
4. I started alternating between my outdoor run and strength training. (E.g. Run on Monday and Strength Train on Tuesday).
With time, my body started to firm up, the composition became better and self confidence was gradually coming back.
Wait a minute! Did I hear you say “I can’t lift weights because I don’t want to be muscular?” Chill, we shall discuss that in another article.
FACT: Strength Training and Cardio MUST remain married. You can’t love one and hate the other if you want to maintain a good body composition.
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