Strong is the new skinny! Modern-day wellness mantras suggest that being fit, strong and happy far outweigh the need to look a certain way. As long as you’re healthy, and your body is functioning to the optimum, that’s all matters. While being overweight due to bad lifestyle choices is clearly a no-no, perhaps we should stop focusing on how we look, and start focusing on how strong we feel. Here are tips to increase physical strength.
Using just your own body is the best and most convenient way to increase physical strength. There is a gamut of bodyweight exercises that you can consider – push-ups, chin-ups, lunges, squats, jump squats, crunches and so on. Not only are these easy to execute, your body also learns to use itself more effectively.
To build strength, it is important to up the body’s muscle mass. For this a high-protein diet is a must, with a fair amount of good fats (omega 3 fatty acids) and complex carbs thrown in. Eggs, salmon, lean meat, yoghurt, legumes and beans, nuts and seeds and tofu are all fabulous sources of protein. Also supplement this diet with a small portion of whole grains (oatmeal and brown rice are good options) a day, as well as a bowl of fruits and veggies.
Women have been conditioned to believe they can’t lift heavy weights! However, they’re practically used to lifting everything from toddlers to heavy shopping bags, so this theory clearly doesn’t hold good! Regular weight training can help increase strength – deadlifts, kettlebells, barbells are just some of the equipment that you can use. Get a trainer, to begin with, so you don’t injure yourself at the outset. Once you’re comfortable, start increasing the weight and watch your strength grow!
Rest and sleep are underrated, but your body needs eight hours of it to rejuvenate so that you don’t wear it out. Regulate your sleep cycle by getting to bed early, and waking up early. Cut out smoking and alcohol; these are serious hindrances to strength-building as they just pull your body down. Drink at least 10 glasses of water a day. Start playing a sport, get active around the house and meditate to cope with stress!