Strength training. I love it. And I need to do it more.
I used to be a total cardio junkie because it burned so many calories. I would run more just because I needed to know that I had ‘burnt enough’ calories. I needed to do a TOUGH workout, so I could feel like I actually did something.
I defined my identity by cardio. I thought it would make me thin and beautiful.
I would watch the people who could run miles and miles, and I wanted to do that.
And I did. I ran miles and miles, but it felt like I was chasing an impossible dream of defining myself by a certain body, a certain exercise identity.
I admit that I despised strength training.
I was proud about it. I wanted to be the strong tough woman, and I thought strength training wasn’t tough enough.
Then I discovered that I couldn’t run all the time, that my body needed healing, it needed time off of cardio, it needed LESS. I learned that exercise was affecting me, because I was doing too much, and therefore the amount of exercise I was doing wasn’t healthy. All the joint pounding and heart pounding (And I LOVE Robyn for the way she talks about exercise!) wasn’t as healthy for me as I thought it was.
Let me tell you that a life consumed with the idol of cardio is absolutely miserable.
That’s what I’m talking about on the podcast today:
– Why Strength Training Has Been So Healing
– Why Cardio Is NOT as healthy in excess
– Why Learning to Be Gentle With Your Body Takes Time
– How To Be Inspired But NOT Compare Your Workouts to Others
– Learning to Say ‘No’ to Exercise that just makes my body hurt
– Being humbled by the fact that I can’t knock out as much cardio as I thought I could
– Learning From Others That Rest is a Good Thing (Some of my favorite social media influencers that promote the beauty of rest days)
Needless to say, I run less and do less cardio than I used to. Sometimes I feel bad that I don’t, but it’s been healing. It’s been actually strengthening to my mental health and emotional health to focus more on strength than on being skinny.
Proverbs 31:17, ‘ She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.’
Now I want to hear your thoughts about strength training and cardio.
Also I wanted to share a fun new YouTube channel I found centered on recovery/food freedom/eating disorders –
Are you a cardio junkie or strength junkie?
Do you like a blend of cardio or strength?
How do you stay balanced in your movement?