My lower body strength is definitely better than my upper body strength, but it’s still something I have to work on. We did squats, dead lift, and calf raises to test our lower body strength in lab. It was initially tougher than I thought because I do squats occasionally, and run when I can, but I never do anything with weights. This exercise really made me consider putting weights and weight-bearing activities into my light workout routine.
We also did curl-ups, which I did pretty well in because I do crunches pretty regularly. The wall sit really took my legs out from underneath me though. I remember doing wall sits in high school and having no problem with. It has now become super difficult and that’s because I haven’t done them in awhile and my body wasn’t use to it. I am definitely going to put more concentration into my lower body workouts now. Here is a link to a cool article about the benefits of weight-training!
So I knew from way before this class that my upper body strength is not good. My arms are thin and noodle-y and I can barely get the lids off some jars and sometimes have trouble opening juice containers. I found those exercises really difficult to do, except for the plank because I do that semi-regularly.
Going through the exercise in class really made me want to change all that. I feel like people focus on core and abs and cardio (girls especially I think) and we forget about the upper body, or I know I sure do. Down below is a beginner’s upper body workout to get newbies started! I’m definitely going to try it.
Yesterday, in class we participated in cardiorespiratory fitness by dancing along to a Zumba video. Firstly, I want to say that this is such a good way to work out if you don’t necessary like to work out traditionally. Tradition exercise can get repetitive and boring, and you might want to stop working out. But Zumba really gets your heart pumping, by getting you to dance and engage your whole body, all the while having fun. Secondly, Zumba really kicked my butt because I’m sore today so maybe I should do it more often! I have linked an article about the history of Zumba, and it explains who started it and what it’s all about.
Everyone knows that doing cardio is important for your health. We learned in class that the muscles of your heart actually become stronger with cardio and become able to pump blood more efficiently, and that it can lower your risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease), high blood pressure, stroke, etc.
I recently read an article related to low cardiorespiratory fitness being linked to higher rates of CVD, and high rates of CVD have even been observed in individuals with schizophrenia. The article below says these two factors aren’t necessarily linked because it hasn’t been studied, but one can lead to the other. It’s pretty interesting.