This morning, instead of running, I did some strength training.
I hate strength days! But I know that they are good for me. Strength training has had noticeable benefits in terms of my health and fitness. Since I started strength training a couple of times a week, I've become stronger and faster and have better endurance.
There are a whole bunch of benefits from strength training, whether you lift weights or do body weight exercises (push ups, for example), that go beyond just becoming physically stronger. Strength training has been shown to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, help you burn more body fat, reduce the risk of injury during other athletic activities (such as running), and a bunch of other things.
Every two months, I set a goal to work towards. Right now, I'm working on push ups. I want to be able to do 15 real push ups in a row. That may not sound like much, but it will be a huge achievement if I'm able to do it, considering that I couldn't do even one push up a year ago.
My arms are already burning from this morning's workout. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to lift my arms tomorrow morning, but I'm hoping to reach my goal by the end of July.