Calisthenics make much more sense to me; using the body's strength alone to add muscle. It also makes more sense in terms of it being progressive and balanced. (athletic) Martial artists and gymnasts are the fittest people in the world, and I have a similar build now.
my thinking exactly. as they say, freeweights are better than machine weights because they develop muscles in a 3-D plane, which better replicates their real use... i got to thinking, if one really must develop muscle for an activity outside of just doing that activity itself, why not use the body itself for weight?
studies have shown that lifting weights does very little for athelete performance, and i would assume this applies to most things except those involving other than self locomotion, such as a lineman in football. the body has far more than enough weight to develop muscle strength and endurance, and it replicates the natural movement better than weight lifting, so as you say, much more balance.
really, though, it seems like most people do strength training for the sake of vanity. as i say, lifting a lot of weight is pretty much only good for... lifting a lot of weight. i focus on improving endurance while maintaining flexibility... big muscles only slow you down and i already weigh more than i enjoy having to lug around everywhere.
Martial Arts/Weapons practice, I'm active everyday, but it can't be much because I'm just skinny. I hope to get my bike fixed soon. And I'll start doing push ups/sit ups everyday again. I was able to handle many back in the fall. Should be able to now, I hope..
Each day when I get home from work, I do 30 jumping jacks, 60 arm rolls, 10 pushups, 15 crunches, and 15 leg lifts. Hopefully as I get better, I will add more, but this works for me now as a quick home workout. I also walk as often as I get the opportunity on lunch hours and other breaks, try to park far away from buildings so I have to walk, I live in an upstairs apartment, and it's a two-story, so I go up and down stairs at least a few times a day. I was walking for an extended time twice a day earlier this year, but it so frickin hot right now that I haven't been doing much of that lately.
Since the weather has warmed up, my husband and I take a 30 minute walk most evenings.
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