In addition I include weight training in the form of dumbbells and a medicine ball. As we age, both men and women, our muscles tend to atrophy - they get smaller. How often have you seen an elderly person and realized their musculature almost matches that of a baby? I see in all of the time. That's one thing I don't want to grow into, which is why I advocate weight training. I think it might even be more important the jumping around I do with the P90 programs.
|If you do this often enough you can start wearing the cute, little black shorts.
I use a 12 pound medicine ball and love it. The routine is simple and takes about 7 minutes to run through. It's great for stretching!
My cardio usually consists of a hour three times a week done on either my Sole elliptical or my bike which is mounted on a Cycleops trainer.
Why do I do cardio, free weights, and stretching? Because as we get older we need to do all three. I do four if you throw in the Yoga which is something I definitely need to work on since it is the one thing I tend to forget (something about bending over to do a double dare dog or what ever it's called seems odd to me). Staying active is important as hell. Once you've decided you deserve to sit on your ass ad relax you start losing the battle. The weight will pound on, your energy will dissipate. I know because I see people like this every day as they trudge through life.