When talking with a person who comes to me looking to make a positive change in their life, we listen closely to what they’re seeking, in their words, so we can formulate an action plan to help them achieve their desired outcome. Included in every one of our plans is some form of strength training because we believe a strong body is paramount to achieving any improvement in health. Strength training almost invariably includes some form of exercising with weights – kettlebells, dumbbells, etc.
There’s a big difference between being “strong” and being “muscular.” Strength helps you feel more in control. Increasing your strength also positively impacts virtually every other aspect of your life. For example:
- You feel better – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
- When you feel better you are much more able to withstand the rigors of everyday life.
- Your body’s circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and immune systems function better.
- Well-functioning systems are far less prone to disease.
- Achieving weight loss goals can be easier when your systems are in harmony
- The effects of chronic conditions can be reduced – and sometimes eliminated altogether.
- Many of my clients suffering from chronic neck or back pain achieve significant relief from their pain.
- Medical research has proven over and over that strength training, especially when coupled with aerobic training, can help to significantly reduce blood glucose levels in diabetics, reduce BMI scores, and positively impact a wide range of other debilitating factors.
- Strength training can increase bone density, which is a critical consideration for women.
- Strength training positively stresses bones, so your body essentially adds more calcium to help the bones handle the stress.
Simply put, increasing your strength can and will help improve virtually every aspect of your life. That’s why we incorporate some level of strength training, appropriate for each person’s capabilities of course, into all of our client’s plans.
Another thing we sometimes encounter are complaints about the drudgery of “working out.” We agree; mindless repetition breeds boredom. The great thing about strength training is there is so much variety in equipment and techniques available to choose from. We’re willing to try anything we think would be fun – and safe – for you that will help you achieve your goals. Training should feel like play, not work, and it should be fulfilling and fun. We use a brain-body-heart approach that allows you the freedom to grow as a person at your own pace. Our goal for every time we’re together is to make sure you always leave feeling better than when you walked in the door!
Let us show you how easy and fun it is to achieve far more for yourself than you ever thought was possible. Call Forest Coaching and Studios in Madison at 608.301.5506 or visit the Online Contact Page.