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Old 01-31-2017, 11:03 AM
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Many meds can cause muscle weakness, so it might be wise to think back to any med changes when this problem started. Mention it to your doctor next time you go. The doctor may be able to relate the problem back to something else she observed about your health.
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Old 01-31-2017, 11:08 AM
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Originally Posted by Escort Rider View Post
Balance is an important part of the equation as we age. Someone mentoned tai chi. Yoga is also very good for balance. We need to practice balance, just as we need to perform exercises to keep our muscle strength.

When most people think fitness, they think aerobic and strength training. But balance and flexibility are important also, particularly for older people. Both TaiChi and Yoga help with balance and flexibility.
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Old 01-31-2017, 12:42 PM
Location: SoCal
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M husband is doing push-ups everyday, the stomach muscle is important too. It holds everything together. Weak legs can be compensated with strong stomach muscle. He also takes Turmeric and has reported after 3 months of taking it that he can balance much better in the shower when he stands on one leg. In the past he has to lean on the wall to soap the ankle and such.
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Old 01-31-2017, 12:48 PM
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I'm going to start walking again now that the weather is better. Might even try running again.
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Old 01-31-2017, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by V8 Vega View Post
Mine are. Falls are so bad for us old people, on real old people it often leads to all kinds of complications that sometimes lead to the final.
I do exercises each morning and evening to strengthen my legs and I suppose it helps. I also take a half hour walk every day with my dogs.
Still I know my legs are much weaker than only a few years ago. And my balance and weight shifting is much poorer than I think it should be at 73.
I have read that balance is the most substantial contributor to falls.

As we age, the cilia in our inner ears grow more and more brittle. More and more break off. This reduces balance and increases being prone to not only vertigo but also tinninitis.
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Old 01-31-2017, 01:19 PM
Location: equator
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Leg weakness has really frightened me. I've always had a physical job; did a lot of hiking; worked out and yet here I am with progressively weakened thigh muscles. For the last decade. I don't understand it and it scares me. Doctors have nothing to say.

I used to do Pilates so will see if that helps any. We walk 2 miles a day but anything higher than a standard stair-step, I have to pull myself up. I hate it. And here's my agile, limber husband who can squat flat-footed indefinitely like a native, and step up onto a pick-up tail-gate. We are the same age! AAARRRGH!

It is awful having to push yourself off a chair or toilet! Sure makes one feel old!
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Old 01-31-2017, 02:01 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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A rowing machine is great for safely building up the legs. I have a cheap one and lots of times I read and just do the legs!
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Old 01-31-2017, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by aslowdodge View Post
Maybe do some light weight training for your legs?
Also try to walk in areas with some gentle hills.
I've done weights all my life and they are about the same strength. Still leg press 800 lbs, but not 1,000.
I recently started walking about an hour and a half a day 5 days a week. I'm a really slow walker but get my 10000 steps or more in on gentle hills.
I think I'm going to work on stretching as I think it will really enhance my walking and stair climbing.
I hear you on the balance thing, mine has never been great.
The leg press is great for keeping your muscles in shape and for helping preserve bone density to help ward off lower body weakness.
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Old 01-31-2017, 03:22 PM
Location: Vermont
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My daughter-in-law is a trainer and she said the two big things that force old people into care are not being able to get up off the floor and not being able to get up from a deep squat. Do your exercises so that you're not saying, "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up."
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Old 01-31-2017, 03:45 PM
Location: Idaho
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Being an avid rower, I totally agree that rowing is a great way to build leg strength.

In the winter time, I could only row in the tank 1 or 2 hours a week. Other rowers do their winter training with an erg (rowing machine). I like the outdoor so I have been doing a lot of walking with the dog on hilly terrain wearing snow boots and carrying a hiking stick.

I also do the squat and lunge (while carrying weights) to strengthen leg muscles.

Stretching, yoga and taichi all help with flexibility and balance. I would also recommend planking to build needed core strength for balance.

Pushup is also a great way to build core strength especially arms and legs.

There are so many youtube videos showing you how to do these exercises for all ages and abilities. If it is hard for you to stick to a routine, try to find a partner, join a group or take classes at the gym. Quite a few of Medicare insurance have Silver Sneaker program with free membership to participating gyms. Non-participating gyms usually have discount fees for senior citizens.

Once you develop a routine, try to stick with it. Start slow (less time, less weight) and build up your endurance. Before long, you will notice significant improvement in your balance, flexibility and strength.

For me, trying to maintain my health and strength is the top priority in my 'old' age.

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