True Life: I used to be obsessed with being “skinny.” All throughout my adolescent years, I focused on it, stressed over it, and I dreamt about it. I let those thoughts control my life, and I developed a lot of unhealthy habits because of it. It was the monkey on my back that I couldn’t quite shake. Thankfully, when I found exercise, I had an epiphany.
I didn’t need to be skinny; I wanted to be fit.
It took me way into my 20’s, but I have finally figured it out. My goal today is to no longer be skinny, it is to be fit.
Now that I am a mom, working out isn’t as easy as it used to be, due to time constraints, childcare, juggling work, and just life itself. However, rather than using my daughter as an excuse, I am using her as my motivator. I want her to see how hard I work, and to know me as a healthy and strong mom. It is important for her to know the difference between being healthy and unhealthy. Being skinny doesn’t equal being healthy, and I want her to know that.
So, how did I get fit? I started out by incorporating weight training into my normal cardio routine. I always thought that I would get big and bulky by lifting weights, but that isn’t the case at all. In order to stay toned and lean, I focus on light weights (usually under 5 lbs.) and high reps.
I found a great article from Self, which shows 6 simple weight-lifting exercises for beginners. You can do them in the comfort of your own home, and all you need are light weights!
Give them a try, and see the difference in your body!