There are so many books telling you “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, or preparing for marriage. However, there isn’t much material to let you know what it will start to be like when you begin to put your body through strength training.
It is one thing if you’ve done it before and are just getting back into the rhythm, but a whole other journey if you have just begun.
There is no right way to get into a fitness regime. However, if you decide that strength training is a channel you want to use to get fit this year, be prepared to notice some changes in your body. Some will be highly beneficial and you’ll love them, and yet some changes you would probably want to bypass.
Here are five things that will change for you and your body once you begin strength training:
You will have an appetite for pretty much anything
You will be exerting much more energy than you have done before. Fortunately, since you will have been putting in the work, you will be able to fill that appetite back up. If you aren’t feeling hungrier, have a diet check. Just because you’re not lifting heavy and working out doesn’t mean you can just eat anything you want. Unhealthy food is still unhealthy for you, regardless of how you work out or how much you do it.
You will be sore. Very, very sore
You might feel soreness in muscles you didn’t even know you had. Soreness is not dangerous, but it can be uncomfortable. It’s lactic acid built up in your muscles the day after you’ve worked out. You can ease that discomfort by foam rolling.
Everything Becomes Lighter
Remember those food shopping bags that used to weigh a ton and you struggled to bring them in? Well, notice how regular chores like this become easier. However, now that you’ve begun strength training, not only have you seen what you can lift but you have also felt it, too. Everything seems to be much lighter than before.
You Might Need to Go Shopping
For new clothes, that is. Or for a lot more food and protein than your body is used to. After a bit of weight lifting, you might realise how your body is changing, which, in turn, might mean that you need to get some bigger or smaller clothes, depending on whether losing weight or gaining muscle was your goal.
You become extremely health conscious
Loading up on protein will be your new “thing”, and you’ll be more open to really putting in the work planning for meals. Even though you are hungry for what seems like all the time, your overactive appetite shouldn’t be an excuse to eat bad food. Since you’re doing all that work training in the gym, you might as well see what can best come out of it by eating the healthiest way you can.
Ready to begin? Check our our Best Workout for Beginners to get you started.