Resistance training is boooooring. Between surfing & TKD I hardly ever find the time to push around a weight stack anymore. Vigorous yardwork, hauling home-improvement supplies, situps & pushups as part of a TKD workout-- no problem. Sitting down with a bunch of Nautilus or Universal equipment... well, there's too many other things I'd rather be doing.
This statement fits me pretty well but if you don't do some kind of resistance training you start losing muscle mass starting at about age 35. Although I do some traditional weight lifting occasionally I have started to do more "functional execises."
Many exercise/sports physiologists are supplementing and/or replacing traditional weight lifting with so called functional exercises.
A lot of the practice of traditional resistance training comes from the body building community. i.e. Focus on major, individual muscles with the intent to make them bigger. That is not the best way to train for sports or for life in general.
Functional exercises focus on multi-joint, multi-muscle actions that also incorporate stabilizer muscles and frequently incorporate balancing activities. This has real-life benefits that you don't get from "pumping iron."
How much I can bench and looking "buff" on the beach are secondary (really don't give a crap about them) to being able to run, bike, swim, kayak and roller blade faster, make it down the black diamond runs, run down my (former #1 singles player in HS) wife's shots on the tennis court, and hold off my 13 year old son in 1-on-1 b-ball for as many years as possible. (Don't surf, yet.)
The later activities are some of the things that contribute to my quality of life both now and hopefully for many years in the future. I think that functional exercises will help with that.
Some of the "Body Shaping" gym classes (you know that ones that women go to) are starting to do a good job of incorporating these exercises in their routines. Guys, don't laugh until you try it. Also, being sandwiched between two women in leotards is great motivation when the pecs, quads or what ever are starting to give out
Similar to the swedish trainer effect
I'm always sorer the day after doing one of these classes than after a round of weight lifting.
Outside magazine has had a couple of pretty good articles on this sort of thing. I think that some of them are on their web site.
Of course mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges, digging in the garden, etc. (ala the Karate Kid) may also by pretty good functional exercises but don't tell that to the DW