One of the easiest, fastest ways to gain some confidence is with a 15 minutes weights workout! I used to think that cardio was the queen of any kind of exercise, but as I get older and a teeny bit wiser, I’m noticing that the more I work out with my body weight and with free weights, I feel so much better about myself, including feeling more at peace with my body and self-image. Cardio only lasts as long as the next meal when you fill your tummy up again, but working with weights defines your body in the specific areas that you work on. Weights make you strong and if you combine proper weight training with proper nutrition and calorie counts, you will have a lower body fat percentage than if you just worked on cardio alone–even if you are sweating 2 hours a day!
I realize from personal experience that if you just aren’t into the whole weight training routine just yet, it may take some time to become fully accustomed to it and make it a part of your lifestyle. So, set some goals for yourself everyday. Commit to just 15 minutes of weight training, regardless of whether you do cardio or not. Do it at night, when you are watching tv, or if you take breaks at work. You don’t necessarily need tools to get a great workout, but it’s best if you can use them a few times a week.
*Start off with doing as many pushups as possible.
From there, pick and choose from the suggested exercises below so that you get 15 minutes in. Alternate exercises each day, and do some research as to what exercises are best for your abs/shoulders day, back/biceps day, etc…
1. Bicep Curls (3 sets, 8 reps–this means using a high load. If you really want to tone muscles, you have to use a higher weight and lower amount of reps instead of the other way around. You won’t get big, trust me!)
2. Shoulder Overhead Presses (3 sets, 8-10 reps)
3. Bicep Rows (3 sets, 10 reps)
4. Butterflys (3 sets, 15 reps of a lower weight)
5. Triceps Rows (3 sets, 10 reps)
6. Crunches with weight (3 sets, 15 reps)
7. Kickbacks (3 sets, 15 reps)