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Shooting for the stars and sustainability

Monday, February 11, 2013

This week we are reaching for the stars, and keeping with the theme, we are to review our current goals and see if we are setting them high enough. Are we shooting for the stars?
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What has been on my mind now for many months after reading a Spark Blog about aging and exercise sustainability. How long can a person sustain a robust cardio program as they age? The Sparker who wrote the blog found the most sustainable exercise program to continue throughout life was strength training. He said it could be done well into advanced age; the extra muscle gained also burns more calories, and a good program done three times per week is all the time you need to spend on it.
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In my current goals, I have Strength Training. But I usually end up doing it about once a week for the TNT (tone and tighten day). I am into logging steps on my FitBit, so I put off the ST and instead do more cardio to get steps. For a while I was trying to increase my steps every week. I found I could not sustain 15,000 steps a day; I would just hit a wall and have to rest a day or two.
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I will readjust my goals in the following way:
Strength training: KCM dvd on Mondays/Thursdays; Yogalatis on Wednesday/Saturday.
Cardio: 30 minutes minimum daily; 10,000 steps per day; 10 flights of stairs daily.
Mindful eating. Healthful snacks.
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Am I shooting for the stars? Am I reaching high enough? I want to do all I can for a healthy life, but now that I am 75 years old, I feel I must take a look at what would be the most sustainable, should I live to be 105!
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