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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 1: Add strength training to your routine

We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or by using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

The countdown is on; summer is only 30 days away! And we’re kicking things off with a simple challenge for today, brought to you by Erica Steinz of Barry’s Bootcamp: Add strength training to your workout.

Day 1: Hit the weights

It’s a common fear for women that lifting weights will get you “bulked” up. However, it can actually help burn MORE calories than cardio workouts alone because of the affect called “EPOC” – Excess Post Oxygen Consumption. Due to an increased rate in oxygen consumption during your strength training workout, your body continues to burn calories post-workout for hours.

Whether you’re hitting the gym or doing bicep curls from the couch, do something today to give your muscles a workout. And if you need help adding strength to your existing routine, check out Erica’s 5 tips for an effective workout!

If you’re new to weight lifting, here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Check your form. Aligning your body and making sure your movements are smooth can help prevent injury. If you aren’t sure how much weight to use at first, start with no weights and slowly work your way up. If you can’t lift in smooth, controlled motions, then you’re using too much weight. And when you do add weight, do it in small increments over time.
  • Exhale as you lift, inhale as you release. Holding your breath may be tempting when you’re exerting yourself, but it may also make you dizzy.
  • Have a spotter. Having someone there to spot you can help check your form and keep you from getting injured.
  • Wear proper footwear. You’ll need the traction to help prevent slipping.
  • Give yourself time to rest. Your muscles will need time to heal, so don’t overdo it.
  • Never lock your joints. Doing so will put stress on your joints
  • And last, but not least: If something hurts, stop!

Let us know how you completed today’s challenge in the comments or by using #30DaysToSummerFit!

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