After a month of eating well with the new diet, I had some energy to burn. I have been doing yoga for decades and I still had/have a daily yoga practice. I had been doing 35 minutes a day on a high beginner level. Since I am getting older, I figured I should start doing some strength training so I joined the local community center. They have free weights, weight machines, an outdoor fitness center, pools and group classes. Since it was strength I was after, my first stop was the weight machines.
I opted to train Mondays and Thursdays on arms and Tuesdays and Fridays on legs. The first week I was pretty worn out after the workouts. I biked to and from the location [it’s about a mile and a half from my house] so leg days could be a bit of torture. I did my best to conscientiously add weight when it got easier. Even with that, I felt like I hit a plateau. I don’t want to be cut. I was more aiming for endurance and to maintain. I did it religiously from the first week of June until the last week in August. By mid-August I knew that I needed to find a better way to train. I was having to spend over an hour at the center four days a week in order to feel like I was getting a good work out, and I really didn’t feel like I was making much progress. That said, I was able to go up to intermediate yoga practices.
Then I found NerdFitness and started their training program. It’s a strength training community, but it’s also a motivational life focus group. I have been doing that program now for three weeks and I feel so much stronger and healthier. I can really see the difference in my body already. Mind you I am older, so it’s not always pretty, and I’m just loving it! One of the reasons I was drawn to it was Steve’s assertion that weight machines are not healthy because they make your body fragile. Because you don’t use all the muscles when you’re building strength, you build in fragility. Makes so much sense! And I can feel every one of those muscles. Once again I will speak to how it impacted my yoga. I have had some grueling practices but I have moved up to 40+ minutes daily, and while it’s still tough, I have done it! I can complete it.