When I think of February, I think of Valentine’s Day. Which makes me think of
chocolate love. One thing I haven’t been loving so much lately (and really should)? Strength training. What happens when I stop loving up on my strength training? Injuries. Well, it’s a new year and I have a new attitude, and I would like to stay injury free for a little while.
Over the past month, I’ve gone from having zero inspiration to run/workout to being somewhat back to my normal self. I’ve cleaned up my diet and gotten back into a routine. I’ve lost the weight I gained over the holidays, and I feel better in general. I’m still struggling with getting my run speed back, but it’s a work in progress. Ultimately, I think I am thankful I took a break over the holidays. A few weeks ago when I was huffing and puffing on my runs, I might have said otherwise.
One thing I’ve been neglecting is strength work, and my body is letting me know. I have the usual aches and pains that come along with marathon training. Some tweaks that I feel are just because marathon training does put wear and tear on your body, but some are because I’ve let a few things go to the wayside. I do a lot of upper body strength work with my pole fitness addiction. But I’ve sort of lost sight of regular core work outside of pole fitness (remember when I was doing 6 minute planks? My abs don’t), hips, and lifting for my lower body.
Overall, I could use a good strength focus to reinforce some good habits. I’m teaming up with Elaine over at myRUNexperiment to work on this, and we would like all of you to join us!! If you haven’t check out her blog, head on over and say hello! She did a successful strength streak over the holidays, and it was inspirational to me.
For the month of February, we invite you to participate in our 29 day StrongBody Streak! All you have to do is commit to 15 minutes per day of strength training. You decide what sort of activity you want to do during those 15 minutes and make it happen. If you need a little inspiration, you can request to join our soon to be up and running Facebook group. We are going to post daily to hold ourselves accountable and share ideas for some great workouts! Maybe you want to choose part of your body that you want to strengthen and use that as your focus. Or perhaps you want get into some full body strength training and need a place to start. And hey, if you want to do a 15 minute plank everyday, that counts! Or 15×1 minute planks – go for it!! It’s all fair game.
The challenge begins on February 1st. Let’s make 2016 a strong, injury free year starting with a StrongBody as our foundation!
Who’s in? Let us know by posting in the comment section, then look for our up and coming Facebook group, StrongBody Streak and request to join.