JULY TO SEPTEMBER 2019 - Resources from our informal Somatic/Embodied learning journey. Feel free to share widely with family and friends, Dorian

STRENGTH TRAINING, WEIGHT LIFTING, MUSCLE

photocredit Danielle Cerullo

Women are often pushed to get slimmer but not stronger.

What happens when we start to value our power/strength over any unrealistic ideals of waif-like slimness.

How do we keep our muscles strong as we age so that we keep our mobility and flexibility.

Getting started with a push up (or two or ten) or lifting some dumbbells from time to time may just be the answer.

  1. Heavy duty weight lifting isn’t for everyone, but according to a recent study, making your way to the dumbbell every once in a while could go a long way towards improving your heart health. Even just 1 hour a week is enough to make a difference. So how about a couple of 5 pound dumbells in your bathroom as a morning reminder to take 5 to 10 minutes each day to do some basic exercise. Also helps with slowing down or preventing osteopoenia. https://www.studyfinds.org/study-little-weight-lifting-goes-long-way-heart-health/

  2. Improve imbalances, Increase metabolic rate, Gain more mobility, Prevent health risks, Gain more confidence. Ok. How do I get all of the above? https://www.wellandgood.com/good-sweat/benefits-of-strength-training/

  3. You won’t get too “big”. Proper form matters. It is sort of meditative once you master a plank. Or manage a full push up. Getting stronger without rushing is pretty cool. https://www.insider.com/jillian-michaels-says-dont-make-these-exercise-mistakes-2019-7

  4. Speaking of push ups. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/06/push-ups-body-weight-bmi/592834/