50+'rs only - What is your Total Fitness Program?
The recent thread on "mileage to date" has also raised the question about fitness, aerobics and mileage.
I would like to explore what each of us do for "total fitness," which to me includes, as a minimum, aerobics, strength training, flexibility and good nutrition/body composition.
Please, let's not try to give a lot of advice or "judging" here, but simply share honestly what we each do (or don't do).
My program includes:
1. Aerobics - daily. I never let a day go by in which I do not have aerobics of some sort. It has become a psychological and physiological imperative for both my wife and myself. No aerobics, no decent sleep! While I prefer bicycling, I also do walking outside, treadmill inside, stair stepper and stationary DF bicycle.
2. Strength training. I do heavy strength training at least 3 x's a week. In fact, I get a bit edgy if I don't do this. I do several core strengthening exercises, upper body development such as bench press, dips, triceps kickbacks, rows, pull-ups, push-ups, crunches, flys, etc. I do a lot of overhead presses - it is my new favorite exercise.
3. Flexibility. This is my downfall. I recently attended a stretching class, and I liked it, and learned a lot of good stretches, but I don't really "enjoy" stretching. However, I am determined to fit this in also.
4. Nutrition/body composition. I do OK, but not great. We eat little red meat, eat a lot of fruit, and some veggies. We eat whole grains almost entirely (bread, rice, cereal) and nuts. My downfall is sweets - I love them. Again, this is one of my goals - decrease sweets. Ice cream is my real downfall! I always need to lose weight!
I and my wife failed Yoga, and I hate Yoga, so we cancelled that class. I think some bodies are destined for yoga and some aren't. Those with bodies designed for yoga love it (and think that everyone else should love it also), those who don't have yoga-designed bodies hate it or never try!
So, what are the rest of you doing?