Body Conditioning

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    Sep 23, 2008 2:30 AM GMT
    I didn't know what to call this thread, but I want advice on an exercise plan that doesn't necessarily aim toward big muscles.

    I'm 50 (I'm the one in the hat) and am more concerned with cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, retention of lean muscle mass and control of fat accumulation. I'd rather have an exercise plan that will keep me as healthy as possible for as long as possible than one that will make me as big as possible.

    Any advice out there for those of us who want to be healthy without necessarily looking "healthy"?
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    Oct 12, 2008 4:22 AM GMT
    something like the RJ Bootcamp programs are a god start ... I've been working through them and love it, but you need to be fairly motivated to get through it all.

    alternatively join a fitness group / activity /sport which will keep you active and moving, which really is the best way to start, plus you can be involved with other people who can help motivate. Personally I reckon you should find a good martial arts school and join up. Doesn't have to be the biggest school; go and meet the instructor and see what s/he is like; all martial arts are good, not all instructors are good. Martial arts won't build you up but will give you good body strength, flexibility, endurance, etc, etc and you'll be around good people. Find a Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan (search for Soo Bahk Do) and you'll have what you're after.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 12, 2008 10:54 AM GMT
    It sounds like you are in need of a lifestyle change....

    You want to make this change as permanent as possible
    so make it something that you like to do
    take as the core this one thing and let it go from there
    If you like running? Run every other day
    and try out a light gym day with a full body workout on the others

    also make some changes in your diet
    no fatty foods
    no fast foods
    less alcohol
    and less processed carbs

    test some unchartered waters too
    take a yoga class
    go out on a biking tour