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Old 03-06-2008, 06:18 AM
 
Location: New Orleans Louisiana
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In todays world it seems like the only consistent piece of medical advice that hasn't really changed is that exercise and diet can significantly affect your overall health and ultimately your quality and length of life. From a personal standpoint I can say when my weight gets too high, I start to feel worse. Assuming that it's probably one of the most important things you can do for yourself especially during retirement or approaching retirement, what do you do now or plan to do after retirement to get exercise? Do you watch your diet? Have you changed your diet as you've gotten older? Do you think it's useless anyway?
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:52 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I think it is very important. I try to incorporate it into my everyday activities. I take the stairs instead of the elevator, I do squats and leg lifts while brushing my teeth, I stretch regularly thruout the day. Stuff like that. Then there is gardening and other active hobbies.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Like a well-running car...I figure my body needs good-fuel and regular use...if you fill a car with bad fuel and then let it sit in the garage for a long time without running it, you can't expect its engine to start right up and run smoothly.

For fuel, I try to eat wisely (lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, little junk food, no soda, modest alcohol, limited sugary desserts).

For exercise, I try to get a reasonable amount--and dog-walking, mowing the lawn with a push mower, raking, and planting and tending a vegetable/flower garden all apply toward the exercise allotment. In the winter, I do go to the gym to keep my body's joints lubricated and running smoothly. Helps prevents those creaky universal joints...

A handful of minerals and vitamins help upgrade my fuel from regular to high-test...

Guess I view myself as high-mileage, but a well-preserved and lovingly tended collectible classic...

Figure I'd rather wear out than rust out...
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:07 AM
 
Location: New Orleans Louisiana
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Like a well-running car...I figure my body needs good-fuel and regular use...if you fill a car with bad fuel and then let it sit in the garage for a long time without running it, you can't expect its engine to start right up and run smoothly.

For fuel, I try to eat wisely (lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, little junk food, no soda, modest alcohol, limited sugary desserts).

For exercise, I try to get a reasonable amount--and dog-walking, mowing the lawn with a push mower, raking, and planting and tending a vegetable/flower garden all apply toward the exercise allotment. In the winter, I do go to the gym to keep my body's joints lubricated and running smoothly. Helps prevents those creaky universal joints...

A handful of minerals and vitamins help upgrade my fuel from regular to high-test...

Guess I view myself as high-mileage, but a well-preserved and lovingly tended collectible classic...

Figure I'd rather wear out than rust out...
Neat analogy....great ideas too...and sort of ironic that some people treat their cars better than their bodies...

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I think it is very important. I try to incorporate it into my everyday activities. I take the stairs instead of the elevator, I do squats and leg lifts while brushing my teeth, I stretch regularly thruout the day. Stuff like that. Then there is gardening and other active hobbies.
Wow neat ideas....and I park far away from the stores and walk too.
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:47 AM
 
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I've been in a weight management program for the last few years - altogether now, I've lost 20 pounds - another 10 or so to go, which I did lose once before! So, the hard part is maintenance, so I'm going to keep going to the program until I die.

The main reason I do it is because I feel better, and get around better. I'm considered "overweight" unless I get back down to my college weight of 125, but that is not gonna happen! I'm trying to stay at 145.

I hate exercise, so that doesn't help. I used to do all sorts of things, but not anymore. At my job, I walk quite a bit, and I do little things like park far from the store and stuff like that. I dance in my kitchen, too. So, at least that's something.
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:28 AM
 
Location: New Orleans Louisiana
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I dance in my kitchen, too. So, at least that's something.
LOL cousin....Now that's a new one...I might try that one but I'm afraid I might catch on fire and really dance lol...
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Old 03-06-2008, 12:11 PM
 
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LOL cousin....Now that's a new one...I might try that one but I'm afraid I might catch on fire and really dance lol...
And, remember, stop when you start huffin' and puffin'!
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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Oh its so important. My mum is 84 and still plays bridge three times a week, still takes daily walks, only eats small meals, still drives a little has no health issues and is very social and lives alone.

My mil who is 78, dosnt walk anywhere, dosnt do anything at all socially, cannot drive, is afraid of her own shadow and therefore restricts herself a lot.

so who do I want to be when I get older. It goes to proove that once you keep your mind and body active, you have a totally different outlook.
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Old 03-06-2008, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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In todays world it seems like the only consistent piece of medical advice that hasn't really changed is that exercise and diet can significantly affect your overall health and ultimately your quality and length of life. From a personal standpoint I can say when my weight gets too high, I start to feel worse. Assuming that it's probably one of the most important things you can do for yourself especially during retirement or approaching retirement, what do you do now or plan to do after retirement to get exercise? Do you watch your diet? Have you changed your diet as you've gotten older? Do you think it's useless anyway?
In a little over a year of retirement I have only gained 3 lbs, and I was a good weight to begin with (6'1" and 180 lbs). I somewhat watch what I eat, but I have no problem with splurging, my wife and I like Dairy Queen Blizzards once in awhile. I'm certainly not a "great" eater, growing up in Philly I have a tendency towards Cheesesteaks and Pizza, but just once in awhile.

Basically, I would say I eat what I've eaten all along, but the portions are somewhat smaller. I would anticipate having to cut back a little more as I age, but so far I'm OK with what I'm doin'.

Regarding exercise, I have been a constant exercise guy for over 30 years. I weight lift three times a week, row twice a week, exercise bike twice a week, and my wife and I take long walks (over 2 miles) a few times a week. I've slowed down a bit on the exercise bike, I only go at about 85% of the speed I went 30 years ago, but I'm still fine. Weight lifting has been a big benefit, between the eight different lifts that I do, three sets each, I hoist over 30,000 lbs per session. I use a stopwatch to time the periods between lifts, so I get some minor cardio while weightlifting too.

Since I retired my wife participates a little too, stationary bike, weights and walking. She hasn't felt better in decades.

Overall, it has been working very well, we are holding up well physically.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Yes that's the advice I get too-Diet and exercise. that's what I keep on doing. I lost about 30 pounds a couple of years ago. Now my weight just stays about the same. I exercise. I do sit ups,yoga,and a couple of push ups. When the weather is alright I do lots of gardening and walking.
I must always watch my diet in order not to gain weight. it's a constant struggle. When I was younger I had no problems with this and I was not overweight. Something just happens when you get older.
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