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Old 09-14-2018, 10:47 AM
 
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I think that careful, moderate exercise will prevent many of the so-called diseases of age. Don't go too crazy with lifting heavy weights or running marathons. Just my opinion, but I think avoiding injuries is more important than getting the most intense workout. And injuries are more likely and heal slower when we are old.
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:59 PM
 
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I've never set foot in a gym. I have several sets of dumbbells of varying weights, ankle weights and a pullup bar. I've never looked better or felt stronger. I have always exercised with videos and, later, DVDs. Now there are free workouts on youtube for all different types of training so no one has any excuses. Plenty of body weight exercises you can do so you don't need any equipment.

Nothing pisses me off more than other women who say, "You're so lucky, you're naturally thin." Luck has nothing to do with it.
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Start lifting weights. Start with low weights and then increase them as you progress. Another thing to work on is balance. If you can strengthen your core and do balance exercises you will be able to stay on your feet. As older women falling and breaking a hip is a very hard thing to come back from.
If you do not have access to a gym you can find lots of exercises you can do at home on Youtube.
Lift weights. Amen.
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Old 09-27-2018, 04:31 AM
 
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I loved Erma Bombeck and I actually have that piece she wrote saved in a scrapbook.


Now back to the subject. I started back to the gym about 7 or 8 weeks ago because I had a serious illness & hospitalization in November of last year. I lost somewhere around 10-12 pounds which I did need to lose but saw the flab that remained and I felt so weak for months. I now go to the gym 3-4 times a week, use the treadmill for anywhere from 20-40 minutes with part of that time on a pretty high incline and then do another 30 minutes of weights. I don't want to wind up with a broken hip or need my children's help to get out of bed and I especially don't want to end my days in a nursing home if at all possible. I want to die on the treadmill or lifting weights in my 80's!
Bravo! I am of the same mind. We go to the gym 3 days a week and off days I try to do something at home (not always succeeding lol) with my bands and youtube videos of using your body weight. I lift and do the treadmill. I am not a runner but thought a couple of months ago when I was feeling great that I'd try to job for 15 min. Wrong move. I was hobbling for 3-4 weeks afterwards, haha. Too old to be running, I guess.

As we age, we all need to try to exercise to some degree to keep our bodies fit and feeling good and to prevent injuries from a fall. I can't be a body builder but I can try to look and feel my best
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Old 09-27-2018, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Alexander Archipelago
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"He pointed out that up to 13 percent of people in their 60s and as many as half of those in their 80s have sarcopenia."

...Because they're too sedentary. The good news is that these individuals can build back some strength, even in their advanced years, with some effort. Used to be that physical exercise was just a part of daily life- "chop wood / carry water".

Come to think of it, that may be it for me in the future too. I have no interest in gym workouts.
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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I agree with Lucky. Lift weights. I'm not going to lose anything without a fight.
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