>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.