5 Muscle Building Gym Exercises

I am a girl who lifts weights.


I didn't think I would ever be interested in the 'gym life,' but it's been one of the best additions to my life ever!


I started strength training about two years ago, and can't imagine my life without it.


Let me be clear though- this was *after* I started eating better. While I was still eating the SAD (Standard American) diet I was much to fatigued to work out. I tried all the time, but I would instantly feel sick to my stomach, bloated, and super tired- so I always gave up. Exercise just wasn't my 'thing.'


The reality is, that it is incredibly hard to do intense work outs if you aren't properly fueling your body.


You can do it, but it's like fighting an uphill battle. It feels harder than it should, and you hardly reap the benefits of mood and energy boosts- because your diet consistently makes you feel the opposite way.


So, fixing my food issues came first- lifting at the gym came next.


At first it felt really hard, foreign, and I was suuuuuper sore.


Thankfully, I had an experienced gym rat helping me learn.


He later became my boyfriend... and still is :)


But that's another story, for another time!


This week on The Mindful Minute I wanted to show you 5 exercises you can incorporate in the gym that will help you to build muscle!


One of the coolest things to me about strength training is that your body will continue to burn calories even after your done with your workout!


Research has shown that you burn more calories in the hours following a weight training session, compared to a cardio workout.


In fact, there are reports of resting metabolism staying elevated for up to 38 hours after weight training, while no such increase has been reported with cardio (!!!)


So cool.


Also, being strong is amazing- for functionality and for aesthetics.

I'm able to be active in my daily life without hurting myself, and of course I'm all about having some nice abs and a toned booty! Ya feel me?


Watch the video to get a little gym inspo, and let me know if you try these exercises!

Make sure to listen to the audio so you understand how to perform the exercises with proper form.




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