Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Minnesota, currently in Montana
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Running/jogging is good for you, but as said before it can be a lot of impact and may not particularly help old injuries. I'm not saying to avoid running or anything aerobic, but the goals the OP stated running alone isn't going to get her there besides having a very toned heart.
Most who are injured are so due to improper lifting usually because they were trying to lift more then what they should. Many guys obsess too much about lifting the most, especially when there are other males around, so they through safety out the window and use parts of their body they shouldn't to help throw weights around, or they refuse to back down when their body tells them to, you really do have to be totally intune to yourself when doing it.
To me working to muscle failure is going a little too far and may be another source of where injuries happen. I want to be able to push through just a couple more when I'm done. IF you cannot control a weight through your set depending on what you're doing you either need a spotter, or its too heavy for you and you need to back down until you are strong enough too. When I say to push yourself, I mean lifing as much as you can safely while using the correct form and muscles.
Nah lifting like a man wont make her look like a man, you get that from bad health and heavy smoking. With the right instruction, right form, and right diet, she's going to retain her youthful looks for 20+ more years, unless she starts taking steroids, then she will start looking like a man, but at least she wont look like an old man for awhile.