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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.
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    Perhaps it's the wisdom we gain as we age, but I completely agree with you. Functional fitness is the way to go.
    The new rules books of lifting books are great, I think.
    1775 days ago
    As you know I have always had a problem with doing strength. That is why I got frozen shoulder. I am still stubborn about it, but I try very hard to at least do my arm workouts every other day, but I just do with weights and stretch bands. My son has all those weights in the garage and says I could use them, but I just go slowly and surely. I am afraid of getting injured, cuz I am older.
    Your book does sound interesting though. Good that you can customize. Yes, always need to change things up, diet and exercise. I have to change from walking to other exercises at times and I do, but I usually have to get a walk in, for my pleasure.
    If I could walk by the beach as you do with your fur buddy, would be a joy every single day. Many emoticon
    1776 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/9/2016 10:57:21 AM
    I so agree! I'm much more interested in health than aesthetics. I actually find it interesting and motivating to realise that we can affect the way we age through exercise and strength training. I've also been inconsistent in the past, but all the issues like building bone density to help prevent fractures, improving balance to prevent falls, core strength, posture, range of motion, flexibility..... it makes it easier for me to stick with it knowing there are so many benefits.
    And don't even get me started on all the wonderful mental and physical benefits of hiking and walking on the beach with your dog!!
    Your plan sounds great. Best of luck with it!
    1777 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    it's a good plan.
    1777 days ago
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