Dear Fitness Answer Man:
I've been active on and off for my entire life. I ran track in high school and played front yard sports with my kids. I'm 51 now and I notice I've been less active in the past few years as my workload has increased. I'm 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 25 pounds overweight, and I hate lifting weights or running on treadmills. Is there anything I can do to improve my fitness and keep in shape at my local park or in my neighborhood?
- Getting Dumpy in Hagerstown
Before I begin, let me say congratulations for taking action. This is usually the most difficult part of getting in shape.
As for your question, there are many ways to increase your fitness without ever touching a weight or using a treadmill. In fact, some of my favorite strength training workouts are centered around exercises that use only bodyweight for resistance.