*This post about why at 64 I prioritize strength training over aerobic training is a bit long, but, because of the nature of the subject, it needed to be comprehensive.
Maybe you’ve visited your MD recently for your annual physical. She points out to you that the “couch potato” lifestyle you adhere to is not the best medicine for aging well. So she suggests that maybe you should consider doing some exercise.
Or maybe you’re reaching middle age and realize you’re not in the best of shape. Climbing those stairs are definitely not as easy as they were 10 years ago. You know you have to do something to improve your health.
So, you consider putting on the trainers and going for a jog around the neighborhood.
After all, isn’t that what you do to get fit? Aerobic training is the way to go, right?
But how much aerobic training should you do? Is a 20 – 30 minute walk five days a week sufficient or should you do some higher intensity training like cycling?
Let’s back up. Let me ask you this question. If you’re getting to middle age, is aerobic training even the best exercise for you?[Read more…]