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Old 01-16-2015, 07:05 PM
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It's a bonus for walking my dog.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:43 PM
 
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I live in Florida, so for me I can get outside all year - I love to ride my bicycle! However, when I decided I needed to build some muscle tone and lose more weight I started strength training - I bought one of those Bayou Fitness Total Trainers, and it is an awesome piece of equipment, especially for upper body training. This machine, along with a few free weights and resistance bands were all I needed to start shaping up. And all in the comfort of my own home, playing my own music. I still do most of my strength training at home, but I go to my Y for classes - yoga and belly dance, both of which I love.

Good luck!
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Old 01-16-2015, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I feel your pain. it can be soooooo hard to do.
Oh, I want a copy of this meme you posted!
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Old 01-16-2015, 08:56 PM
 
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I also don't like getting up early during the winter and I've been out of shape for far too long. It's been many years since I've stepped into a gym but I decided to join one just before Christmas. I really needed to take some action rather than just dreaming about it and procrastinating. What pushed me into action was seeing what happened to my 88 year old mother.

She had gone to a casino for some fun with a friend one afternoon early in November and while walking to the restroom a man came running up behind her, tripped and fell bringing my mother down. He landed right on top of her. Up to that point she had been able to live on her own but she has osteoporosis and when he fell on top of her he fractured her neck & knee. While her knee is healing up, her neck is still in pretty bad shape. She may have to wear a neck brace for the rest of her life due to the osteoporosis. As a result she's now back in her condo but has a home health aide living with her and we are looking into assisted living. This has scared me and I want to prevent osteoporosis for myself.

The first time I went to the gym I dreaded going inside but after the first workout it really wasn't so bad. However I have decided to ease myself into the whole "get fit" process by starting slowly. I have been taking a gentle yoga class a few times a week. I'm also watching what I eat and trying to lose the few that I gained over the holidays. As I feel more confident I will get someone at the gym to show me around the machines. I need to build some muscle plus strength training should help strengthen bones. I'll also try a few other classes that are offered but it will be a long time before I feel confident in a good routine.

For me it was important to attend a gym where I didn't feel uncomfortable and intimidated. As someone out of shape it can be a bit intimidating to be surrounded by hard bodies. Most of the hard bodies at this gym are the trainers. The people working out there later in the morning tend to be other boomers or new moms in various stages of fitness.

I really do understand your reluctance. For some going to a gym and working out is an enjoyable experience. For others like me it's not but I hope that if I stick with it I will find pleasure in going and hopefully feeling fit...or at least in better shape than I am in now!
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:00 PM
 
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NEG, are you 100% positive you won't like the gym? All my life I tried to get a few days of exercise a week and did it just by walking (outside or in a mall in bad weather) and at home on the exercise bike. Never saw myself as a gym person. Too old, too cheap, not the type to take classes. Never did Jazzercise in my life! But I toured gyms twice (actually as a mystery shopper) and decided to join.

Part of the reason for joining was to have somewhere to go and have a routine. I had just retired and was feeling at a loss with nowhere to go and nobody to talk to except my husband. Started to go and even though I didn't love doing the machines (weights and cardio), I wanted to get my money's worth (I belong to Lifetime---really pricey---$79 a month membership), so I was determined to go several days a week.

Decided to try some group fitness classes, even though I was sure I wouldn't like it. Turned out I love them. Love the instruction. Enjoy the friendships. So now I am doing yoga, pilates, kickboxing, step, weights, and water aerobics. I take it one to three classes a day. I'm in better shape than I've ever been. walking is great exercise, but there's something to be said for working on strength, balance, and flexibility instead.

You don't sound like you are as desperate for the structure/routine and social interaction as I was, so maybe this wouldn't work for you. And like I said, the membership is so expensive and I am so frugal that I can only justify it by going daily! My gym also has some amenities that serve as my reward (steam/sauna/jacuzzi). My health insurance company (Humana) gives me points every time I go---and these are redeemable for Amazon gift cards!

And it's aside from the physical part, I've strengthened myself emotionally and mentally from the gym. I've been tempted to write a book "Everything I Know In Life I Learned At the Gym!"

YMMV, but why not just give it a try? If I could become a gym rat (me, who as a child never was an active kid, no coordination/strength/stamina, last one to be chosen for athletic teams), anyone can!
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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We do this because DH says from time to time, "You don't have anything if you don't have your health." (Not exactly true, but certainly words for thought.)

It is easier for me because we tend to go together. My advice is to start with one or two activities. Or prioritize one or two activities. I walk a mile on the track every time, because mobility is a priority with me. I like to lift hand weights, so I do this. I also have enjoyed the cardio machines. But I got bored and decided I needed an exercise that would benefit every muscle, and the trainer showed me a SciFit Rex. I'm on this machine whenever I go to the gym now.

One thing I would mention is that once you begin, and continue for awhile, you will find that your body feels better and stronger and that you like how it feels. So, just go.

We like our community gym, by the way. Lots of older folks go there too.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:03 PM
 
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Obviously I attended the wrong work out facility because I never saw any of the staff cleaning off the equipment, and very seldom saw any customers cleaning off the equipment. It was more common to see/hear customers sneezing and coughing.
I totally agree. We used a new, very clean-looking, up-scale gym (free because of our Silver Sneakers program thru our medicare supplement). It looked very nice but each individual was supposed to clean off the equipment after they used it. NOT!! DH and I both came down with a nasty, week long virus last summer after working out on the treadmills there. Now I take my own wipes and wipe the equipment down before I use it. And we actually changed gyms because of this.

NEG, I don't know your age, but you might want to check to see if your insurance includes the Silver Sneakers program. You can google it and the gyms that offer it will be listed for your zip code. Everything in the gym is open to us for free.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:27 PM
 
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I totally agree. We used a new, very clean-looking, up-scale gym (free because of our Silver Sneakers program thru our medicare supplement). It looked very nice but each individual was supposed to clean off the equipment after they used it. NOT!! DH and I both came down with a nasty, week long virus last summer after working out on the treadmills there. Now I take my own wipes and wipe the equipment down before I use it. And we actually changed gyms because of this.

NEG, I don't know your age, but you might want to check to see if your insurance includes the Silver Sneakers program. You can google it and the gyms that offer it will be listed for your zip code. Everything in the gym is open to us for free.
Wow I had never heard of Silver Sneakers! I checked it out and was surprised to see that many gyms in my area participate and that all the major medicare supplement providers cover it.
I'm not a gym person but it's great to know and I'll certainly spread the word. Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2015, 02:25 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I hope I didn't offend anyone with my statement, but it's true. If you are not happy with the way your body looks, YOU are the only one who can change it. I'm not talking 6-pack abs and bulging muscles, but maybe trimming and toning a bit.

We all know that as we get older (this is the retirement forum) we lose muscle mass and find it harder to keep the pounds off. But now that we are retired, we should have the time to do things for ourselves, i.e., take care of our physical and mental selves.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I want to enjoy the rest of my retirement in good health, so I've been trying to keep myself in good shape. I plan to continue to travel, spend a few winter months in FL, take care of my vegetable garden, learn Italian, etc.

However, three months at the gym to shed a few pounds, only to gain it all back is not the answer. It's really a change in lifestyle. Look at your eating habits and the type of food you ingest. Do you take the elevator up one or two floors? How about shopping, do you always look for the parking spot closest to the mall entrance? Do you drive the 1/2 mile to buy your lottery ticket instead of walking? Make the change, it'll be good for you. Next time you go shopping, park in the first available spot. You won't be upset that there isn't a closer spot. Take the steps to the second floor of the mall, to hell with the escalator.

Just making a few simple changes in your lifestyle can make a huge difference over time. It's not difficult, just different. Eat smarter, take the stairs, find the time to exercise - it could be at the gym, at home, or at a park. It could be simple calisthenics at home, gyms have tons of different classes, many aimed at seniors. Walk, ride a bike, swim, play tennis. Find something physical you enjoy and ENJOY it.

Make the time to take care of yourself. Let's face it, we're only here for a visit. There are many challenges we are faced with, but shouldn't your health be in your top three?

DO IT. AND DO IT NOW. If you feel yourself slipping back into your old habits, take off your clothes, stand in front of that mirror, and ask the person you see, if they are happy.

DISCLAIMER: I'm not talking about folks with severe health or mobility issues.
I really like this post! And I agree 100%. To newenglandgirl, "Just do it!"

As Nike says . . . JUST DO IT!
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:09 AM
 
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Look at the basics:
A good 30 minutes of cardio is really all you need, but 20 is a great start.

You sound like you could be a very disciplined person and it's a great time to get some good feeling back into your body! So start by establishing a goal. By getting dressed to go work out, you are establishing a routine. Getting in the car and going and being around all that action is mental stimulation. Just walking from your car to the front door can be a brief warm-up so do it briskly!

Be brave and face those youngsters. They will all be your age one day and you are a good influence on them just by being there. Plus there are many of us oldsters there as well!

So your goal. 20 minutes on the treadmill or bicycle to start. Or 30, but don't overdo or you won't want to go back. Bring headphones and plug into the news or listen to music. That really makes the time fly by. Distance doesn't matter, it's minutes that count.

Just establish that routine first and don't be too hard on yourself.
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