Get Stronger

In month 6 of our 12 Healthy Habits challenge, the focus turns to building muscle.

Healthy Habits Graduate: Julie Swink

Julie Swink, Library assistant at the University of Texas at Arlington, shares her strategies for getting stronger.

Healthy Habits Graduate: Julie Swink

Healthy Habits Graduate: Julie Swink

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Seeking to avoid the brittle bones of her matriarchs, this Cooking Light reader and mother of two sought the help of an expert trainer to get her started on a strength routine. Now she's healthier than she's ever been. "It has transformed my body and my confidence," she says. Here, Julie shares her top three strength strategies:


  • Shelve the excuses. "I just made up my mind. I finally realized that engaging my muscles now was going to help me for the rest of my life."
  • Take it seriously. "Because of my bubbly personality, I don't get taken seriously very often. But now when I walk through the gym doors, I'm an athlete. For that one hour, I am dedicated to being tough."
  • Get a boost from the burn. "Strength training helps me do everything better. I read better. I'm more emotionally together. I eat better. I'm more confident. I'm not going to be baring my midriff, but I have abs. Seriously! I know I sound like a commercial, but I'm just a regular person."

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