trying something new
Sunday, August 07, 2016
I have been at a plateau since last October, and have not been very consistent with strength training. I used to do a super intense program called Max-OT and got super results when I did. But now I know, since I am older (er, ahem...) and since I have had injuries that stopped me for long periods of time, that I need to train differently. Not sure how to do that AND get results. I really kind of dreaded the lower weight, higher reps workouts - they were SO boring and draining. I discovered a book called New Rules of Lifting for Life. It focuses on doing intense workouts that you customize to your own set of restrictions, and at the same time addresses things that we, as older adults, gotta do to keep on keeping on in a healthy way. Like core strength and balance, and power. I just speed read the book and am going to try it. I'll start with the sample workout and as I get accustomed to it will customize it as I go along. One thing that struck me as I read it was that the author said that most diets are good for about 6 months, and if you have been not seeing results for awhile to change the goal to maintenance and building muscle instead of weight loss. I'm gonna give that a try. The workouts are progressive, so I can keep changing things. Really and truly, my aesthetic goal for weight loss has dimmed in comparison to my desire for the freedom to stay active for my whole life.
My goal is to workout 3 times a week with this workout plan, and keep hiking and walking the beach with my dog most days of the week.