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ROMEOSMOM27 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/4/12 10:17 A

I don't feel age should make a difference take one step at a time and just get moving. The meal plan that I am doing has something for people of all ages from 5 years old on up.

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12/4/12 10:06 A

My friend, who is also my mentor, ran a marathon last summer. He is 72 and such an inspiration for everyone in my little town.

You can do it. As long as the dr gave you the go ahead, do it.

Good luck!

ROSE-LITE Posts: 1,930
12/4/12 10:06 A

as I age I've noticed that exercising helps tremendously with the flexibility and just plain movement.

THENEWROSE Posts: 1,410
12/4/12 9:55 A

Age can make a difference. But health probably makes a bigger difference.

LIBBYL1 Posts: 5,933
12/3/12 11:14 P

Not my advice but my mother's who is 86.... And still walks, drives, etc etc.... She says that as she has got older it is more important to do some exercise every day as even missing one day of walking means that the next walk is much harder (and she has calfication in the one leg and it is painful going uphill). She says she has to walk to stop her legs from getting worse - force the blood through capillaries.
More important she says (she is an ex physio) is to stretch and keep her joints flexible. She has done yoga for many years and makes sure she does at least basic stretching (touching her toes, stretching her back (curving it both ways) , and her hip joints every morning (and sometimes night).

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
12/3/12 2:11 P

Elaine, here is a game I play with myself and I learned it from a grandmother. She needed to walk every day to get her exercise in. Well, needless to say it wasn't her favorite passtime but at the time her puppy needed a walk. When the puppy passed away, she needed to get herself moving. She got up in the morning. Did her normal morning rituals and then put on her gym shoes. She didn't like walking on her carpets in shoes as her place was usually pristine. So she thought to herself, I got my gymmies on. May as well go for a walk. So she got outside and started to walk down her driveway. She then told herself that she would just walk down three houses and then come back. By the time she got to the third house, she was feeling pretty good and continued to the end of the block. Eventually the block became a mile and so forth.
She still plays the game with herself even though she is up to three miles every day. She doesn't really want to do more at this point, but it gets her out.

SANDYBREIT Posts: 1,205
12/2/12 3:26 P

Hi Elaine -- of course age does make a difference, but, as others have already said here, it doesn't have to stop us! I'm 64 and in the last few years in particular I've noticed a lot more aches and pains and less strength -- which was a big part of what motivated me to make some changes. You will probably need to start small, just go for short walks in the beginning, and gradually increase as you're able. Do you have any balance issues? If so, you'll probably want to use a cane or some such device to keep yourself safe from falling. When it's too hot to get out and walk, you can go out early in the morning when it's a bit cooler, or you might want to consider investing in a treadmill (which is what I use for the opposite reason, our winters aren't always too favorable for getting outside and exercising, unless we're talking snow shoveling). The water exercise is a good suggestion, if it appeals to you and would be handy enough that you could do it regularly. I've found that the walking has really made a difference to me in terms of how much better my joints feel, I hope it will do the same for you! Best wishes -- I don't think you're foolish, and you will find LOTS of support here!

EWL978 Posts: 2,021
12/2/12 11:31 A

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!! I REALLY, REALLY DO APPRECIATE ALL YOUR WORDS... JUST WISH THAT YOU LIVED NEXT DOOR TO ME!! I am so sorry that I'm so foolish...I just don't seem to be able to take that first step and I know I should...please don't give up on me.

I WILL do it!! Today!!!!

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CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (7,710)
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12/2/12 8:07 A

Of course age matters! That is why your doctor told you to go out and take a walk. He did NOT suggest that you start training for a marathon. I am 60 and never did anything but walking. So when I decided it was time to change that I took my age and physical condition into account. And I resumed walking and added Curves 5 days a week. It was a good balance for my starting point. Will I ever advance beyond that? I don't really know and actually don't think it is important. I am getting my heart rate up for 30 minutes and doing weight bearing walking for my bone density. Plus getting outside is good for my Vit D. Were I 30 I might have other goals. At 60 I am good with where I am.

VRS8440 Posts: 4,016
12/2/12 7:53 A

All should exercise

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11/30/12 10:35 P

I will be the decenter here. Age does make a difference.

You people recover faster, the have more muscle, more reserves, etc. So as we get older we have to relie on other things. We have relie on experience and wisdom. I never made any big changes, I made little changes that I could manage and live with. We know that time is the great equalizer.

You I started at 54 and close to 250 perhaps over 250 at my heaviest. I sweat and panted going up the stairs. by 56 I had a VO2Max that was better than the top 10% of 20 year olds. What was my magic, nothing. little do able change that I could stick with.

You can to. Age makes a difference, but it does not have to stop you. I did the 5km local with gramie really a walking 5km to stay with her, I got back in time to do the 10km with my 16 year old grandson. About half way through I passed some young men late 20s early 30 who saw my running watch and asked if I knew what pace we were on. I told them I chatted a little one asked me how I was at after doing 5km (we were at the middle of the 10km) I said, I was good but noted I had done a 5 km with gramie and was doing the 10km with my 16 year old grandson, but he had taken off ahead of me. One of the guys said with a laugh, "I wish you hadn't told me you alread did a 5km before you passed us."

Age make a difference, but it does not need to stop us or keep us from doing, we just need to be a bit smarter and a little bit careful.

Good running and be careful out there.


N16351D Posts: 2,349
11/30/12 10:07 P

NO, there are no age restrictions to exercise, and people can start at any age!! My physical therapist taught me that she has 80 year olds that are doing better than her 70 year olds only because they exercise, and many of them started at age 65 -75.

The sooner you start, the better you age. So I would get going!

My mom started exercising at about age 75. She needs group support so her daughters do it with her. She won't do it alone. Now at age 87, her biggest problem in arthritis in her back, but she can still walk a little ways.

There is a man age 76 in our community that walks/ jogs about 4-7 miles every day.

Do you know about the nun who, at age 70, was still doing marathons?

You have a lot of company, but may not be able to see it in your circle of friends and group activities. When you get out and get moving, you find them.

Don't let age hold you back or stop you!! Go for it!

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11/30/12 9:03 P

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11/30/12 8:39 P

OK, let me just say I want to meet the 98 and 108 year olds who are running marathons! emoticon

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11/30/12 5:29 P


As long as you have medical clearance to exercise, walking is one of the best exercises we can do. That being said, make sure you take where you are today and not where you want to be.

In other words, if 5 minutes is all you can do, that is just fine. Over time you will begin to develop the stamina and endurance to go longer.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

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11/30/12 4:21 P


a person is NEVER too old to make a difference in their health ! Your doctor is right, taking a 30 minute brisk walk each day can reduce your risk for heart disease by over 30%. If you can't walk for 30 minutes, try taking a 10 minute walk. Walking for 10 minutes three times a day still adds up to a 30 minute walk. You can break your exercise up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. If all you can do is walk for 10 minutes, that's where you start. If you keep walking for 10 minutes, your strength and endurance will increase with time.

If you have a problem with swollen ankles and sore knees, you might consider trying water aerobics. Do you have access to a pool or gym ? If so, I know lots of people of different ages who swim or do water aerobics for exercise. Being in the water will help keep strain off your joints.

If you can't stand for long periods of time, there are workouts you can do while sitting in a chair. That's another way to get in some activity. Here's an example of a chair workout for an older person.

Every little bit really does make a difference. If you need motivation. Look no further than member INDYGIRL. at one time, she weighed over 460+ pounds and had limited mobility. In two years, she's lost half that weight. She's written some wonderful blogs about how a person can still exercise with limited mobility.

You really aren't too old to start exercising. Yes, you're going to have to take things slowly. but with time and regular practice, your strength will increase.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (193,951)
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11/30/12 4:15 P

Nope, age makes no difference. There are people 20, 30 years older than you running marathons, competing in weightlifting competitions.

You need to start slowly, like any other beginner.

As for motivation, what are your goals? are they meaningful to you?

EWL978 Posts: 2,021
11/30/12 4:10 P

I'm 78 and haven't done a stick of exercising....I have sore knees, swollen ankles and get out of breath going to the mail box. I feel wonderful otherwise emoticon

I moved to Florida 3 years ago and I'm still complaining that it's too hot to go out...but I think that it's time to get over that and just do it.

My motivation must have gotten up and went because I just can't find any. My doctor tells me that there are no restrictions...just "go for a walk".

SO, HELP????? emoticon emoticon

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