Benefits of Strength Training for Women

elderly woman exercisingI read a very timely article by the Mayo Clinic that outlines the benefits of strength training. You don’t have to hit the gym for strength training, as exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, leg and abdominal squats can be done in the comfort of your own home. Resistance tubing can be purchased at sporting good stores and provides resistance when stretched.

If you prefer to work out in the gym, you have access to free weights such as barbells and dumbbells, or you can take advantage of the weight machines.

Stressing bones through strength training increases bone density and reduces your risk of osteoporosis. As you build strength your energy will increase, and better muscle tone helps balance in later years when falls are common.

More benefits of strength training for women include reducing pain for chronic conditions such as arthritis and back pain, and improving symptoms of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

As always, practice safety first and check with your doctor before beginning any type of strength training program.


When You Have a Bad Day

mad-man-very-frustrated-angry-isolated-white-background-34681015It doesn’t take much to turn a good day sour. You wake up late, the kids are arguing, your car battery is dead, and you have to do the hundred-yard dash to the bus stop. The day has barely begun, and it seems like everything is going wrong.

Here are 3 tips to get you back on track when you have a bad day:

Deep Breaths

If your nerves are frazzled, you can’t think clearly, and find the solutions that are going to make you feel better. Take a break and go somewhere where you won’t be disturbed. Inhale to the top of your lungs, and let your breath out very slowly. Repeat this 2-3 times and you’ll feel yourself becoming calmer.

Gratitude List

When you have a bad day, you often have to dig deep to remember the things you are thankful for. You have another day of life, a warm house, food to eat, etc. Make a list of your blessings and you’ll find that you start thinking of more things to be thankful for.

Plan Something Enjoyable

Planning something enjoyable can make a big difference when you have a bad day. Unplug the phone and have a cocktail. Get the whole family involved in a lively board game, or schedule a relaxing massage.

By following these 3 tips, you can turn any bad day around.

Why People Don’t Change Careers

woman phoningIn my last blog, I listed the reasons why people don’t change careers. Too much time, too much money, and too much fear seem to be the top three reasons why people don’t change careers.

Here are 3 tips to make that career change much easier:

Too Much Time

Yes, when you change careers, extra training may be involved and that may have to be on your own time. Look into options such as online classes that are self-paced or classes that can be taken on a weekend. You can always tape favorite TV programs or reschedule certain activities.

Too Much Money

The job of your dreams may pay a lot less money, so plan ahead. Before you change careers, save some money out of each paycheck for an emergency fund when finances get tight. Cut costs further by curtailing eating out, new large purchases, or postponing that dream vacation.

Too Much Fear

Ease in slowly to your new career. Ask if you can spend a day shadowing a person who does a similar job. If possible, start part-time while keeping your old job. Easing in slowly will help lessen the fear of a career change.

The dream of starting a new career doesn’t mean that it will always be easy, but by following these 3 tips, you’ll be on to your new life in no time.