Last week, I mentioned some of the benefits of going to the gym and of doing weight training with a trainer. Another one of those benefits has been applying all that I have learned to my everyday life in such a way that it benefits me outside of the gym. For example, I make sure I carry my own bags when I shop for groceries. Sometimes those sweet little bag people will load them up a bit too heavy. That is when I put my “Farmer’s carry” lessons in place. Shoulders back, chest up, arms down on each side with as close to the same weight in the bag as possible and then I carry them inside. If I practice the farmer’s carry technique with the right posture, I am less likely to strain something.
When I carry boxes up to forty pounds or a large collection of water bottles, I put my dead-lift rules in place. I bend my knees and stand straight up with the box, shoulders back, chest up, and make sure my legs really carry the weight and not my back.
By learning how to step up on boxes at the gym, I learned the right way to go up and down stairs. This has made such a huge difference because I previously walked up stair leaning forward over my knees. Now, I purposefully straighten up, shoulders back more over the hips, stand tall, and walk up the stairs knees bent with more weight on the heels. Everything I did before put my knees in jeopardy of injury, now I work to protect them and it is much easier to tackle any size staircase. I almost approached stairs before as if they had already defeated me!
Finally, I walk more now since I began the gym life five years ago. I am one of those who will park a long way from my destination, even the grocery, in order to get in those steps. If I was a young mom with kids, I would be a curbside service grocery shopper for sure. But, I am doing everything I can to NOT use this great service in order to get walking in. Weight training has strengthened my legs and it is up to me to keep them working!
Anyone else want to add a way your gym lessons are applied to every day life. Please share, and as always…………………………..