The Treadmill is not Enough

by Chloe Jeffreys · 8 comments

in Aging Well, Health and Wellness

Strength training! Can I say it any louder? STRENGTH TRAINING? If you want your body to bend to your will then you gotta think strength training.

I’m knee-deep in it right now, but I don’t want to leave anyone hanging. I ran across this article today: http://fitbie.msn.com/cardio/tips/9-reasons-get-treadmill/tip/0. I highly recommend everyone read it. Especially pay attention to the point that muscle mass is the single most important component of weight control. Muscle at rest burns more calories than fat at rest, so you want more muscle. Changing your body composition and increasing muscle mass means less dieting and more eating what you want.

If anyone is curious, I work out 30-60 minutes 5-6 days a week. There are several good studies out there that show that women over 40 need 60 minutes of exercise a day just to maintain their weight. Cardio is important, but strength training is critical for maintaining health for the older woman.

Currently, my workout regime looks something like this:

I work 12-hour shifts 2-3 times a week. On the days I work, I get up at 4:45am and do 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels or 30 minutes of Pilates with Denise Austen.

Twice a week I do Jillian Michaels, No More Trouble Zones. This is a very good allover workout that encompasses cardio with strength training circuits. Even Jillian is out of breath when the workout is over. This workout will kick your butt; it’s kicked mine. I strongly recommend doing 30 Day Shred before attempting this DVD.

Twice a week I do straight treadmill or elliptical trainer for 30 minutes at aerobic intensity followed by 20 minutes pilates abdominal exercises and 10 minutes of knee strengthening exercises.

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Ronnie October 21, 2016 at 2:07 am

I’m a fan of treadmill because of it offers a great convenience to maintain my cardio activity ongoing. However, I do not limit myself in just the use of treadmill. Usually, I’m using this for warm up and warm down then I’m doing different exercises in between.

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Leonana July 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Thanks for the article link, and your post. I enjoy reading what others are doing wrt exercise. I've been doing JM's Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. It's 54 minutes total, and I do it every other day. I have noticed that I can eat more, and yet my clothes are getting looser. My metabolism has definitely increased.
Even though this is cardio, I have built up some muscle. JM says it's "using your own body weight." I realize I need weights to go further, but I have noticed a definite increase in metabolism.
Sherry

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Paula July 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Chloe, I go back and forth between being really annoyed with you and really encouraged by you! I am 45, and while my weight is under control (Weight Watchers), my exercise is non-existent. I am on my feet all day it seems, homeschooling four guys (6,7, 10 and 12) and I cannot seem to make myself WANT to exercise. Maybe if I got off the computer….?

Anyway, for this week we'll go with encouraging, and maybe I will at least get my butt on the treadmill!

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Robin December 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I'm in the same boat with Paula when it comes to wanting to exercise. I'm going to force myself to get out and walk (even in the snow) I think that's my best starting place.

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Paula December 5, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Chloe, I go back and forth between being really annoyed with you and really encouraged by you! I am 45, and while my weight is under control (Weight Watchers), my exercise is non-existent. I am on my feet all day it seems, homeschooling four guys (6,7, 10 and 12) and I cannot seem to make myself WANT to exercise. Maybe if I got off the computer….?

Anyway, for this week we'll go with encouraging, and maybe I will at least get my butt on the treadmill!

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Susan in the Boonies December 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm

You go, girl.

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Leonana December 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Thanks for the article link, and your post. I enjoy reading what others are doing wrt exercise. I've been doing JM's Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. It's 54 minutes total, and I do it every other day. I have noticed that I can eat more, and yet my clothes are getting looser. My metabolism has definitely increased.
Even though this is cardio, I have built up some muscle. JM says it's "using your own body weight." I realize I need weights to go further, but I have noticed a definite increase in metabolism.
Sherry

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