Ahhhhhhhh..... Nothing like returning to more lifting to make a girl feel useful and whole. And sore. LOL. For a couple of weeks now I have been concentrating more on lifting and kbell workouts. I have taken a run or two (did one today actually at lunch because it was SO nice out) but really have been doing more grunting, squatting, moving heavy shit around...
I am also going through this odd phase with the change in dawn and dusk where I can't drag my ass outta bed to train in the morning so I either have to make it work at lunch or do it after work.
Part of the issue with those times is that lunch is a fixed span of time - small by comparison to early morning. After work is as well because I generally have other chores I want to get done post work plus spend some time with Sam, work on other media and hobbies, etc.
So, a smaller space of time to work with means compound moves and what we know as "full body" exercises. Basically, for folks just getting interested in training, that means things that use more than one part of your body rather than isolating a specific muscle. Think pull-ups as opposed to bicep curls. With the pull-up you are utilizing every upper body muscle you have plus your core as you hoist your own weight over a bar higher than your head. Yum.
Basically, the benefit of full body moves is that you can work several muscle groups at the same time, resulting in a good session but one that requires less time.
I am not a very "cut" person. Meaning my body fat is not so low that I have a lot of muscle show through. My point of training at this point though isn't to play the whole body fat numbers game but to stay strong enough to be functional for a good, long time. Full body workouts do that too because they involve heavier weights, moves that mimic natural work (in my opinion) - in other words, stuff that the human body was intended to do. For instance - squatting and lifting heavy shit over your head or bending over (dead lifting) and picking stuff up. I don't think the human body was necessarily meant to do multiple sets of bicep curls or leg extensions LOL. I mean, I do them. Just not right now.... ;)
Because the ability to express ourselves and care for ourselves through motion is something we should be grateful for...