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Old 02-07-2017, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I had someone recently tell me that a good test is to see if you can get up from a chair by just using your legs. In other words, no assisting with your arms by pushing yourself upward.
Also, a good strength test is to see if you can get up off the floor without using your arms or holding onto anything. I do some strength-building exercises I got after a back injury last year, and when I am done I make sure to get up just using my legs. Thete's grunting involved.
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Old 02-07-2017, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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You can tell your legs are weaker if you're always using your arms to push off the arm rests of a chair when you are getting up. You want to be sure to use your thighs as much as possible - they're one of the biggest muscles in your body along with your glutes (butt).

So - why are people suddenly gaga over the "comfort height" toilets? Because their thighs are weak! Don't think of these toilets as a luxury item - instead keep your thighs strong and you won't need them. If you break a hip you can always get very cheap toilet seat risers later. Don't reinforce getting weaker!
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Oh my goodness. It doesn't reinforce weakness. I do leg presses, can balance on each leg for 2 minutes, and do wall sits for nearly 3 minutes. But I have a crappy knee (torn meniscus repair done in June) and a low toilet seat doesn't do me any favors at all. I'll take the high seat over the low one, every time.
Sorry that you took this personally. Let me clarify my point then - if you don't NEED something that makes your life easier, then don't get it! If you have bad knees, by all means get a high toilet - otherwise work every muscle you can in your everyday activities. If you do that, you'll have less need to go out to a gym or can spend less time in the gym. Like Europeans who walk everywhere while Americans drive around parking lots looking for spaces to get into the gym and get on the treadmill.
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Old 02-07-2017, 12:01 PM
 
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Sorry that you took this personally. Let me clarify my point then - if you don't NEED something that makes your life easier, then don't get it! If you have bad knees, by all means get a high toilet - otherwise work every muscle you can in your everyday activities. If you do that, you'll have less need to go out to a gym or can spend less time in the gym. Like Europeans who walk everywhere while Americans drive around parking lots looking for spaces to get into the gym and get on the treadmill.
I ride 30 miles on a bike. In the gym or out - but it's far easier (access wise and time) to head to the gym to do it. I've been a regular at the gym for over 30 years; there's no way I want to " spend less time in the gym". You get your exercise your way. And I'll get mine my way.
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:32 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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At age 64 I was a bit concerned about the idea of shoveling the driveway, with 14" of snow. Not so much my legs, but my back, or the common snow shoveling heart attack. It turned out that by working half an hour, then resting half an hour
I manage without any aches or pains. Hopefully I can still say that tomorrow.
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:36 PM
 
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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.
Vertigo is a dastardly condition. I first experienced it about three years ago, and have had about 3-4 episodes since then. I'm 42 now (I love reading the retirement forum even though I am no where near retirement age). I have benign positional vertigo (the kind that is all inner-ear related and exacerbated by head position). I have never felt so sick and dizzy than when in the midst of a vertigo attack. I have always had allergies and sinus trouble, both of which likely contribute to my inner ear issues. Certain nasal corticosteroid sprays have shown promise in alleviating this type of vertigo.
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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One big reason I like using a treadmill in the gym is to dial in exactly the workout I want and then track my progress over time. For example if I want to walk up an incline, I choose the exact percent grade and the exact speed and monitor the time. As I improve (say, from being unfit) I can increase any of those three parameters by a small amount. It is similar with jogging, as I can choose the speed in increments of one-tenth of a mile per hour. It's one way to know I'm not sloughing off or even if I'm not feeling up to par on a given day - if I'm not, the "normal" work-out will feel more difficult.

Five or six years ago i had hernia surgery and was told not to jog for two weeks, But I used the treadmill for walking in order to speed my recovery; I walked at a manageable and comfortable speed and time (slow and not very much time) the third day after surgery, then just added a tenth of a mile per hour and three or four minutes every day. It worked like a charm and I was ready for some very slow and tentative jogging after two weeks, just as the surgeon ordered.

There is certainly nothing wrong with working out outdoors - that is enjoyable too unless one lives in Manhattan or similar. But on rainy or smoggy or hot-as-hell days, the gym is always a wonderful alternative to the great outdoors. I do some of each - in the gym and in the open air.
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Old 02-08-2017, 05:56 PM
 
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Ran a little further today!
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Statin side effects: Weigh the benefits and risks - Mayo Clinic

Here is a concise summary of possible statin side effects.
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Old 02-11-2017, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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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.
Are you taking a statin drug? Muscle weakness is a side effect. I told my current doctor I wanted off them after taking them for many years and 3 falls in a week. He persuaded me to take one per week instead of daily. Result: Bad cholesterol number has not gone up. In other words, one pill a week worked fine.

Oops, didn't see the post before mine.
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Old 02-11-2017, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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One big reason I like using a treadmill in the gym is to dial in exactly the workout I want and then track my progress over time. For example if I want to walk up an incline, I choose the exact percent grade and the exact speed and monitor the time. As I improve (say, from being unfit) I can increase any of those three parameters by a small amount. It is similar with jogging, as I can choose the speed in increments of one-tenth of a mile per hour. It's one way to know I'm not sloughing off or even if I'm not feeling up to par on a given day - if I'm not, the "normal" work-out will feel more difficult.

Five or six years ago i had hernia surgery and was told not to jog for two weeks, But I used the treadmill for walking in order to speed my recovery; I walked at a manageable and comfortable speed and time (slow and not very much time) the third day after surgery, then just added a tenth of a mile per hour and three or four minutes every day. It worked like a charm and I was ready for some very slow and tentative jogging after two weeks, just as the surgeon ordered.

There is certainly nothing wrong with working out outdoors - that is enjoyable too unless one lives in Manhattan or similar. But on rainy or smoggy or hot-as-hell days, the gym is always a wonderful alternative to the great outdoors. I do some of each - in the gym and in the open air.
Treadmills are great for having more control over your exercise routine and for filling in gaps of bad weather that make it hard to get out.

But it's good to have the outdoor exercise time because that's where balance comes in - treadmills are completely even. Outside, even on surfaces that seem relatively even your body is having to make slight adjustments in balance and to constantly compensate for uneven ground. The treadmill just doesn't give you "real life" walking experience that you also need to work with.
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