Just as with fitness endeavors focusing primarily on aerobic conditioning, there is more than one way to do muscle training. This chapter describes the pleasures and benefits of various kinds of strength-enhancing techniques. Alternatives include calisthenics, free weights, or circuit-training with exercise machines. You might find a combination of approaches especially enjoyable. Put together a highly personalized repertoire of activities for your lifetime fitness journey. Whatever the methods or equipment you choose, strive to keep your whole body in good shape.
Are you an avid runner, swimmer, cycler, or tennis player? Regardless of your athletic interests, you may regularly jog, dance, use a treadmill, or engage in some other form of vigorous movement. If you have not been exercising regularly, your aerobic fitness will probably decline more quickly than your muscular strength. Have you been relatively sedentary for quite sometime? If so, you probably have noticed feeling out of breath more often than you did when you were younger. In contrast, unless you are well into your 40s or 50s, you may not have yet become aware of any significant decrease in your strength.
As you get older, you need to do some muscle fitness activities as well as aerobic exercise to stay in shape. If you are involved in athletics, maintaining your strength will probably remain a priority. But even if muscular fitness seems ir-