2020 Movin’ Mountains Slimdown Challenge Week 6

Welcome to Week 6 of the 2020 Jefferson County Movin’ Mountains Challenge

Fit Tip:

I started lifting weights when I was in my mid 40’s. I had always been an avid runner but my upper body was losing muscle mass so decided it was time. I hired myself a personal trainer and got hooked. I experienced the ability to do many everyday activities so much better and when it came to cross-country skiing I could  not believe the strength I had in my thighs (quadriceps). There are a lot of myths out there about lifting weights and one of the big ones is that women think they are going to put on these huge muscles and get bigger. The ability to put on muscle mass is related to hormones and as women we have less testosterone then men which aids in putting on muscle mass. As a personal trainer I did train two different people who were competitive body-builders and it is definitely an extreme and in my opinion not a healthy lifestyle. I lift weights to stay strong and to do the everyday activities that are important to me.  Along with your physical appearance and fitness improvements, studies show that regular strength training will boost self-esteem and self-confidence. It helps fight depression and greatly impacts quality of life helping to relieve arthritis, many chronic conditions, restoration of balance and strengthening of bones in aging individuals (which means less falling), a healthier heart, sleep improvement, and glucose control.

The attached documents are on ten good reasons to strength train and the recipe of the week. Just try it!

Next week is already mid-point weigh-in for the program. They are totally optional and will be held in Warm Springs at the I.H.S clinic on Thursday March 19th from 1pm-4pm and on Friday March 20th at Jefferson County Public Health from 8am-5pm. I will send out an reminder again next week.

Looks like we are in for more beautiful weather…nothing like living in Central Oregon.

-Carolyn Harvey