I am a busy mom who doesn't always have time to run to the gym and spend hours upon hours working out. Most of my work outs are rushed and timed perfectly between diaper changes and bedtime routines. I started out losing weight just doing it all on my own, no gym or anyone telling me what to do. Everything I did was from research and trial and error. I get asked a lot about weight training and what are some good exercises to do for weight training. I often times am simply overwhelmed when it comes to weight training because it seems so 'manly' and women who lift seem to be huge body builders so it becomes hard to relate to. Well thats all false! You don't have to get big if you don't want to! Since I have started weight training, my body has changed in so many ways. More than just what running or any Yoga class could do. It has sculpted and shaped my body. I am more toned and lean. My arms are smaller and more defined. My lose skin is becoming less lose! It has a ton of benefits. I don't think there is really any wrong way to lift weights as long as you aren't hurting yourself and getting a great burn.
This first exercise is what I call a weighted lunge. Start out standing with your weights in both arms. Put one leg in front of the other and bend down in the lunge position. Then switch legs. I like to do at least 20. The weights add so much more resistance making this a full body workout. Try and do 3 sets of 10 if you are just beginning. You know that shaking muscle feeling. yes that is good! You want that!
This next one is for your arms. We all want strong defined arms! Well, I do at least. Stand tall with weights in both hands. Start with your right arm and lift up the weight like the picture on the right. Then alternate between both arms making sure you aren't going too fast and are getting a nice resistance. This workout also builds defined shoulders too! Try and do 3 sets of 20.
This next one will for sure get your heart pumping! I call this one a modified jumping jack with weight. Start in the Jumping jack position with your weight above your head. Then while jumping put your legs back together and bring your weight down to your chest. Keep doing this one and get some sweat going! I like to do 2 sets of 25. Its definitely a full body workout and you may feel a little sore after, but that means you are doing something right!
Whether you are a full time college student or working single gal, there is so much you can do to get in your calorie burn. You don't have to spend loads of money or tons of time getting the workout in. You just have to make sure whatever time you dedicate to working out, that it counts and you feel your heart pumping. Even if you don't have a 10 lbs weight or you feel more comfortable with a 5 lbs weight, thats totally fine! I have heard of using cans as weights and that works just the same!