Our expert says:
I think you're doing the right kinds of things, so you just need time and discipline. Everything you've said is correct - the cardio, the number of times a week, the dumbells for toning.
So the ingredients are there. The thing is how you "mix" them and how long you sustain this for, because it's a long term process. The best thing you can do is to find a goal. Your goals are all valid, but very difficult to sustain, because the progress can be slow. So my advice is to find a performance goal - your first 10km, or cycling the Argus, or joining a club or something like that. If you do that, then you have purpose and motivation and it's really very valuable.
Other than this, you just need to stick with it, and as you get fitter, make sure you adjust up and work continue to challenge yourself. You are fighting against biology, and I'm not going to lie to you - it does get more difficult as you get older. But it's possible to get healthier, but really the performance/fitness goal is key.
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