Maybe you need to read this. Maybe your mom needs to read this. Maybe your Dad does. Someone you know needs to read this.

This past week I was back home in Iowa for the holidays. I stayed at the wonderful Marriott by the new lululemon in Coralville. They have a small gym in there, so I decided to get a workout in there. There was another person in there on the treadmill for what was probably an hour and a half. Let me preface what I’m about to say with I’m going to make a lot of assumptions right now. I’m going to assume that all that woman did for her workout was that treadmill, and I’m going to assume she doesn’t do any sort of strength training. The reason I’m going to assume this is because, like a lot of people, she was overweight. Also, like a lot of people, I’m going to assume she thinks getting on the treadmill is the answer to being overweight. She’s not entirely wrong, but she’s doesn’t have it all down.

In my 20 plus years, I’ve seen quite a few people take to walking/jogging/running to lose weight, and GOOD for those people! I will say, from what I’ve learned in those 20 plus years in the industry, that is only going to be a solution to PART of the problem. The other part is actually almost as simple as getting on a treadmill.

You HAVE to strength train. It doesn’t have to be complicated at all. Pick five exercises to do every other day for the next 4 weeks, and try to either do more weight each week, or more repetitions, up to 20, then move up weight. It’s not a PERFECT solution, but it’s a simple one to get you started. Here’s an example of 5 to do with just one dumbbell:

I hope you can use this to start YOUR strength training routine.