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Strength + Calisthenics + Cardio = A balanced diet of exercise for all ages
We need strength training (weight training) to prevent muscle atrophy, to build muscle and bone, to maintain our best functionality, and so we can do Calisthenics and play sports with force. Also, to look good. Looking good does matter in life.
We need Calisthenics (which includes sports) to make full use of all of our muscles, to maintain athleticism, endurance, sexuality, general vigor, and mental happiness
We need some high-intensity Cardio to build or maintain endurance and heart strength
- A person can be very strong but have terrible cardio endurance and terrible agility; runners can have great aerobic cardio endurance but be weak in bone and muscle and unable to handle an hour of intense calis because they have mistakenly aerobically-trained exclusively. The aerobic cardio fitness fad of recent decades was/is greatly overrated. It was over-sold and it damaged a lot of joints. Anyway, the three components are interdependent and overlap to varying degrees: lunges are strength + calis, jump rope and jumping jacks are calis+ cardio, all weight training provides brief but intense cardio stress, etc.
- As a footnote, but not a trivial one, I usually add proper nutrition because a demanding fitness program requires it. The 5-hr/wk program we espouse for general Fitness For Life (approx 2 hrs of weights, approx 1 hr of Calis, and approx 1 hr of cardio (2 half-hr sessions of cardio intervals) demands more protein and maybe more carbs than the ordinary sedentary person needs to survive. If your fitness requires weight gain for bone and muscle development, obviously more protein, fats, and carbs. If your fitness requires fat loss, obviously less carbs. Hard exercise can never eliminate excess fat but it can inspire nutritional sanity.
At 86, I've gotten lots and lots of "you need more exercise" advice over the years. All kinds from many people. Don't hear it so much anymore though. Most of the advisers are dead, except for my 84 year-old wife of 62 years. She still exercises and tells me to. Daily. Sometimes two or three times a day....
Yes, looking good does benefit one. When I am in shape, and lighter, I feel better about myself and my health, and am not disgusted by the fat person in the mirror. I tend to judge other people by their physical appearance, by their fitness level. Not everybody needs to be an athlete but I look at people who are morbidly obese and wonder about their will power to control their food intake. Also one of the first things I notice about people is their hands. Maybe growing up in a working class environment and doing physical labour my entire life it is just something I notice. I notice if they are strong looking hands that are shaped from manual labor or exercise or whether they are small weak hands that have never seen the business end of a shovel.
With some of the recent research coming out about mitochondria and NAD levels increasing with HIIT and weightlifting I think that working out properly can indeed extend your life. http://fitstar.com/high-intensity-exercise/
Ummm, fitness is defined as strength, endurance, and flexibility. Without flexibility one cannot be fit. All of this is defined within ones activity needs, so high caliber athletes need more of each, while most of the rest of us need less, but we need each.
Calisthenics are an aspect of cardio, which is an aspect of endurance.