Cardio, cardio, cardio
I had my annual physical yesterday. All looks good so far, though my doctor recommended upping my cardio. It got me thinking how I would fit that in when I’m already at my max on time — not to mention the fact that I box on Saturdays which is about the best cardio I know!
Then it occurred to me that I wasn’t being consigned to an hour on a treadmill or the nordic trak. I’m free to be as creative as I can while accomplishing the benefits in short spurts like climbing stairs in lieu of elevators (where possible), taking a faster pace when I walk and throwing in a few rounds of shadow boxing using my handy iPhone timer app whenever I can! Dancing to three butt-buster songs from YouTube can also do the trick! Or as my husband suggested going back to the idea of an evening “constitutional.”
The point is — once you reach a certain age you are pronounced an official medical grown-up which means it’s all about prevention! And while strength is important for healthy bones, stretching for flexibility and stress reduction, the aerobics are necessary to keep your heart healthy.