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I am 55. My fitness goals are to lose weight (with proper diet of course) and stay supple. I do not want to gain muscle, I lifted weights for years and am pretty bulky already.
I work an 11 to 7 shift as a bus driver. I have time for a short workout in the morning, when I get home I need to relax mentally and physically. I know that interval training is effective, but it takes a lot out of me, and I like long cardio-but no time.
Here is what I am doing as a compromise. After a week it seems to be helping a bit.
I wake up at 9:30 (Ineed my rest)

1 minute stretching, followed by
1 minute  'jogging' on my manual treadmill, after which I am exhausted and need a rest, which I get while stretching.

I do 5 sets of these.

I do this Monday to Friday, after my morning joe. Then I shower, have a protein shake, and get to work on time (barely).

What do you think? Thanks, and happy new year!

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Hi Bud,
Very sorry for the delay as I was in the hospital with pneumonia. What I'm reading is that you are only getting 5 minutes of jogging 5 days per week?  I understand that you might be bulky but I would highly recommend some weight training over jogging.  At your age you and with sitting for so long you will start losing muscle tone which muscle tone is really important.  Weight training is not going to make you more bulky unless you do heavy weight training for hours a day.  I would recommend meeting with a  professional personal trainer and they can give you some ideas with your schedule and evaluate your current physical state.  Hope this helps and good luck!

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I can answer any questions pertaining to weight loss, strength training, cardio training, lifestyle changes and emotional eating. I have worked with men and women of all ages including children. I've worked with women trying to lose postnatal weight, men and women with injuries and teens/kids needing to lose weight or enhance athletic skills and many more.

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Having struggled with weight all my life as well as many health problems such as Lupus and Crohnís disease Iíve researched all my adult life on how to lose weight and keep it off and how to stay healthy when you are sick. I have my own personal training company, KrisCross Training, and Iíve been helping men, women and children get healthy and stay healthy for years. Check out my website, www.kriscrosstraining.com, or my blog http://kriscrosstraining.wordpress.com/.

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BS in Sports Management-Fitness and Nutrition Track-California University of PA MS in Health and Physical Education-North Georgia College and State University NASM Certified Personal Trainer CPR and AED Certified Venice Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach

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I have worked with a variety of clients including high school cheerleaders and runners, men and women of all ages, as well as help brides lose weight for their wedding. I've also worked with kids and teens who want to lose weight and become more active in sports.

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