All this talk of fitness has got me back into the gym.
My old workout habits: use weight machines for 15-20 min or so, get on an elliptical for 30 minutes, and then use the weight machines another 15-20.
There was no method to it, I just did it that way because it was convenient. I never got superb results, but I was certainly in better shape than I am now after doing nothing for a couple of months.
I'm open to using free weights and any advice on cardio/lifting mixing (I've been reading that discussion in Magic's thread). The main question I have is what sort of lifting can I do that won't put strain on my lower back? I've got a minor back condition that cannot be toyed with. I've been told to avoid vertical compression of the spine, so things that keep me mostly horizontal (like bench press) are fine, and things I do while vertical I should probably keep to low weight.
I know nobody here is a chiropractor, I'd just like some food for thought since I'm not really familiar with free weight technique. I've just been keeping myself busy at the gym thinking that it's better than nothing. What's even better than better than nothing?