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Readers know that we recommend scheduling two hours of calisthenics/week as part of a balanced fitness program (ie resistance, cardio, and calisthenics).
Calisthenics are for athleticism, generally addressing a mix of cardio, balance, agility, speed, endurance, without much focus on strength. While playing basketball or doing martial arts count as calisthenics, most of us do calisthenics routines in the gym, preferably in fitness classes, or on our own. The classes are more intense, thus better, I feel.
Because my class sched changed, here's what I did on my own this morning as an example:
- 10-minute elliptical warm-up - 30-sec sprints, and 60-sec recoveries. Sweat. - 1st rotation of 3 rounds: Pushups, pullups, Roman Chair leg lifts, elbow planks, jump rope, squat and holds - 2nd rotation of 3 rounds: Kettlebell swings, heavy ball squat and throws, "bicycles", rower - 60-sec sprints
I have another rotation list with which I alternate the above list when needed, just keeping the pushups, jump rope, and pullups. (List #2 includes other things like lunges, farmer walks, step ups, box jumps, mountain climbers, inclined pulls, etc). These things are good and semi-fun complements to my other things.
Do our readers incorporate calisthenics in their fitness routines and, if so, what do you do?
Even in my 20s I never did anything like this—definitely not now (at 60) :-)
I’m fine with walking/biking for general fitness (and great sleep quality) and 2x weekly weight training for maintenance (power lifts, farmers carry, bench, bent over rows, etc).
I have found that sleep quality is my most important driver in choosing exercises and activities. Outside in the sunlight, 25 minutes or more, moving legs somehow? Check, check, check, we have a winner. Works every time, and I like the alone time with my thoughts or a podcast.
You might be an outlier BD. Your routine seems a little drastic to me for anybody 50 and older, frankly.
For much of my adult life I enjoyed working out (primarily in support of an organized sport) almost as enjoyable as the competition. Often more so. My tennis coach once said I like the process more than the outcome. Fair enough. At this point, 60+, past individual competition, I’ve found I can’t get enthusiastic about workouts for the sake of working out. I’ll do some weights - because it seems to help keep the shredded rotator cuff from falling off and keeps me swimming - but only because it feels pretty good and helps me keep swimming. Which I love. I stopped tennis because my serve stinks without slice - rotator cuff. So I’m pretty much along w you, Jeff. On a New England day like today I ran for an hour with our dog on the trails. Rain tomorrow so in the pool for about 3000 meters. And I’ll feel good.