Ask the Trainer: Switching It Up
Question: I’m a 68 year old male who has been using my treadmill now for around five years. I try to put in 60 minutes five days out of the week. I usually do this Monday thru Friday mornings and take off Saturday and Sunday. My typical routine consists of a combination of different speeds and inclines, as well as some stretching and strength training. In summary I feel good about my daily routine but wonder if I should be mixing it up a bit? I also wonder if I should add some elliptical machine to my workout to compliment the treadmill.
Answer: It appears that you are very committed to exercise and already have a great routine. Many people find it hard to fit in three days a week of exercise and you have it down to five days for one hour. I also see that you are incorporating weights, flexibility, and cardiovascular exercise into your complete workout. I guess the question is: are you at a plateau and are you getting the results you want? If you are happy with your results then I would keep doing what you are doing. If not, you need to change things up a bit. I would recommend adding the elliptical to your treadmill program as it will give you some variety to shock your body a bit, and it will take some impact off of your back and knees. Keep up the good work and good luck in your future fitness endeavors!