If you think you’re too old or out of shape to strength train, rest assured. People have successfully started strength training in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s, and you can too! The same goes for people who are not active. You will need to begin slowly and build up gradually.
It’s a proven fact that strength training gives you more energy; it also makes other daily activities easier. With kids, busy work schedules, and old injuries, squeezing in strength training can feel impossible.
Today, we are kicking off a double-dipping cardio and strength training challenge with Excy. We will live stream these challenges daily at noon PT at www.excy.live.
Our goal is to show you several ways that you can use Excy to help make strength training become a way of life at home, work, or on the go. We will use Excy during this challenge as an exercise bike, recumbent exercise bike, upper body arm bike, core floor cycling, and much more. We will also focus on high intensity interval training. As we kickoff this strength training challenge, we do invite you to identify your goals for wanting to get strong before you start! Are you trying to be healthier? Lose weight? Look sexy? Get ripped?
If you want to make a positive, lasting change in your life, it helps to spend some time thinking about what motivates you. Be honest with yourself here. If your time is already limited, then don’t expect to adhere to a strict program that requires two-hour daily commitments. Instead, discover a time and place that makes you feel empowered and explore Excy moves that you find enjoyable so you will want to continue them because they make you feel stronger and more upbeat about strength training. Look at your schedule to see where strength training may best fit in—perhaps on weekday mornings before work, during a lunch break, on the sidelines of your kid’s sporting event, or during your favorite evening TV show surrounded by your family. With Excy, there are no rules about the best time and place to exercise.
During this Excy strength training challenge, we will focus on doing full body workouts or split it up between lower body exercises one day and then upper body exercises the next. This way, you will avoid overworking the same muscle groups. As you progress, you may also add more resistance and exercises to your routine. This Excy challenge is about finding a grove to double-dip on cardio and strength training at the same time.
Stay with it—you’ll find that the effort pays off in ways you never imagined!
If you have one or more chronic diseases, keep these things in mind:
- Speak with your doctor before starting any new exercise program—you may need a physical examination.
- Stay in touch with your doctor about your exercise program and your health.
- Never exercise if you have a health condition that is unstable or serious, you have new symptoms, or your doctor recommends against it.
If you are new to Excy and new to strength training, start with our 30-day introduction challenge.