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Old 11-27-2018, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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How many squats do you do on average per day, per week? I just added them to my regimen....don’t enjoy them either.
Who does squats in the older years? A friend believes he ruined his knees from squats and ended up with knee replacements that sure give him him issues.
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Old 11-27-2018, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Ah, Im not going to worry about it. Im 70 and still ride. And I have an obnoxious mare who has a different opinion than mine at times. I have friends that are 80 and still ride. Yes we could fall off and break a hip. Life is full of risks. Im not sitting in my rocking chair just because something might happen. Get out there and live your life. And stop worrying!
I'll be 72 in two months and I still use chainsaws. I did have one scare not that long ago where I was walking over and through brush and logs I did not clear - I fell. I landed on my butt pretty hard and it is still a little sore after a month. I was lucky I still have my limbs because the chainsaw was running in my hands when I fell. So now I simply do a good job cleaning up as I go instead of climbing through the brush to get everything cut. Sometimes you just need a reminder not to be a fool. Fortunately I just had the sore butt - maybe I should have landed on my head!

I am not going to lecture you because you know better than I do. It is a long ways to the ground from the back of a horse. I had one that was 21 hands and did not like to be ridden about fifty years ago. Fortunately he is dead and I survived! I also worked around cows that came to us straight off the range and did not like captivity - I always thought they were more dangerous than the horses. If you look at the statistics it just pays to think a little harder as we age; slow down and play it safe. But never give up on life. Do what you enjoy but be careful.
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Old 11-27-2018, 09:33 PM
 
Location: New York
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....how many of you, at this age, have a regular exercise routine? I used to bike, run, 17 years of martial arts, some lifting, now, I have to admit that I hate strenuous physical activity. It’s tiring and exercises don’t feel good, either before or after like they used to.

For those of you at this age, what kind of routine, if any, do you have? Are you successful sticking to it? Do you enjoy any aspect of it? Do you feel like you’re progressing or just maintaining status quo?
I have exercised and eaten healthy most of my life. I've been pretty healthy except for an issue with my back 2 years ago. I pulled my back out while traveling, pushed myself over the limit, and ended up having to use a walker. The physical therapist told me I would not be able to walk properly again because of what I did. Since the physical therapist was finished with me, I decided to take care of myself and, little by little, I gradually got myself back to where I was before I hurt my back. It took a lot of patience and was a lot of work but, I consider myself very lucky.

Because of what happened, I am cautious about going crazy with all the exercising I used to do. I will walk, and do some cardio, when I feel like doing it. I watch my weight and if I'm gaining more than 3 pounds, I will watch my diet and exercise a little more. I love walking. Other than that, I feel that I've paid my dues by exercising and eating right all my life so I "pamper" myself now that I'm 70.
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Old 11-27-2018, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I have exercised and eaten healthy most of my life. I've been pretty healthy except for an issue with my back 2 years ago. I pulled my back out while traveling, pushed myself over the limit, and ended up having to use a walker. The physical therapist told me I would not be able to walk properly again because of what I did. Since the physical therapist was finished with me, I decided to take care of myself and, little by little, I gradually got myself back to where I was before I hurt my back. It took a lot of patience and was a lot of work but, I consider myself very lucky.

Because of what happened, I am cautious about going crazy with all the exercising I used to do. I will walk, and do some cardio, when I feel like doing it. I watch my weight and if I'm gaining more than 3 pounds, I will watch my diet and exercise a little more. I love walking. Other than that, I feel that I've paid my dues by exercising and eating right all my life so I "pamper" myself now that I'm 70.
I have to pamper myself now at 80, hip replacement did me in at 72 from a life of lots of exercise and the advanced OA from the surgery. Doing all I can to keep the knife from my worsened knee from the above surgery. I stretch a lot and get on my recumbent bike, last horse I rode was in my early 20's, not my cup of tea for sure.
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Old 11-28-2018, 03:36 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I will be 70 in just a few weeks. All my life, I've never cared much for exercise. I hated P.E. class in school and am not the outdoorsy type at all. But in middle age, when the weight started piling on, I realized I needed to reform. At first I made a few sporadic attempts at establishing an excercise routine. But it was too hard to stick with it while I was dealing with a high-stress job, a wacky schedule and long-distance eldercare.

After retiring at 60 I realized that I was out of excuses. I knew I needed to make it my new job to stay healthy. Both my parents let themselves go and spent their last years in ill health because of it. I am determined not to go that route. A friend in the same boat took me with her for a workout at the local Y, and shortly afterward I signed on as a member.

That was about nine years ago. Now we go to the gym on a regular schedule four days a week. It hasn't been fun, but having an exercise buddy helps a lot. Neither of us wants to cancel and let the other one down, and that keeps is motivated. And I've found exercise in itself does become somewhat addictive if you do it regularly. Walking on the treadmill or elliptical is what I do most. I also use most of the resistance machines - leg, abdomen and back machines. I've lost about 20 lbs., my clothes fit better and I feel better than I have in years. I still hate working out, but the rewards have been worth the hassles.

As some others have mentioned, at 70 it is more important than ever for us to avoid falls and other injuries. We can no longer bounce back like 20-year-olds. So I am careful to listen to my body, to respect its limits and not to try to be Superwoman. I would never try anything as extreme as squats, and I don't even run because I don't want to ruin my knees or hips. So far it seem to be working.
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Old 11-28-2018, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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A lot of malls have walkers in the mornings. My friend does this 6 days a week. Out of the weather and keeps her moving.
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:38 AM
 
Location: New York
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I have to pamper myself now at 80, hip replacement did me in at 72 from a life of lots of exercise and the advanced OA from the surgery. Doing all I can to keep the knife from my worsened knee from the above surgery. I stretch a lot and get on my recumbent bike, last horse I rode was in my early 20's, not my cup of tea for sure.
My opinion is that a lifetime of strenuous exercising does cause problems as we get older. I often look at these younger people who professionally partake in sports and wonder if they will get issues as they get older from over-exerting their muscles when younger. I wish you luck with your knee. Getting surgery these days is a risk for sure.
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Old 11-28-2018, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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My opinion is that a lifetime of strenuous exercising does cause problems as we get older. I often look at these younger people who professionally partake in sports and wonder if they will get issues as they get older from over-exerting their muscles when younger. I wish you luck with your knee. Getting surgery these days is a risk for sure.
It's all a risk when they start cutting on us and so much elective surgeries today, emergency is another thing. I've learned so much from this hip replacement, it's been a tough journey and a big part of my older years.
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Old 11-28-2018, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Fro what I've read, many experts seem to recommend walking and yoga as the two most beneficial exercises for older people. Walking for cardio and yoga to help with balance and flexibility. (and to help lower stress, too).

Personally, I also add in some resistance training and light weights to keep from losing muscle mass.

All four of the above can be done at home or near home (mall or neighborhood) walking, yoga tapes, and bands and weights. No gym memberships or fancy equipment required.

Does take some motivation and stick-to-it-ness.
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Old 11-28-2018, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Those thera bands are terrific for building strength. I started using them years ago.
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