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GOODGETNBETR
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7/15/12 12:07 A

I didn't know there were any differences by age. I'm late 30s now and envision doing everything after 50 that I'm doing now (mainly walking, biking and jogging), maybe a few more. Hopefully at the same intensity as I don't push too hard because I've got nothing to prove. Doing this for health and longevity and by what my recent blood report shows it's working.



PINEBLUFFCHICK
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7/14/12 11:44 P

I'm 53. I've been a walker most of my adult life with the philosophy as long as I have two feet and a pair of shoes, I can maintain a walking schedule. I have historically been a dedicated walker in the spring and summer but would slack off in the fall and winter, like an old bear. So every spring was a chore getting back in walking shape. I decided my behavior showed I didn't like walking in the winter for a variety of reasons. I decided re-examine what I wanted in a workout. First I wanted something fun. I've always loved to dance, so I joined a Zumba class at the local Boys and Girls Club (at $2 a class). I am clumsy and uncoordinated, but since I'm in my 50's what do I care? I have fun and am able to outperform many people who are a lot younger than I. Zumba has built up my endurance. I decided I needed strength training and joined the local rec center and learned how to effectively and safely lift weights. I really feel strong and some of that fleshy, wiggly, gross stuff under my arms has started to shrink (same thing with that wiggly, fleshy gross stuff on my butt). I thought I needed to re-examine my aerobic variety so I dusted off my bike and have been riding it about 15 miles ones or twice a week. It's as much fun as I remembered it being. I think once you find something that works for you, you'll want to do more. You probably already know this, but it makes me feel good writing about the stuff I'm doing to stay in shape...it makes me feel as though I can do anything. BTW...I still walk b/c I plan to hike the Grand Canyon in 14 months.



MARITIMER3
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7/14/12 11:08 P

if you have access to a community pool, aqua-fit is great. Otherwise, walking is my favourite exrcise - I have a treadmill, so when the weather isn't good I can exercise indoors.



MPLANE37
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7/14/12 9:01 P

This site is full of ideas, try each one by one. Try to find out one you like most, and stick with it. Once you beat the hell out of it, you will need to change, but that you can think about it later. The most important issue is to be able to stick with it. Make it a pleasurable experience, don't be one of those who say "that they still hate the exercise, but feel an obligation to do it, so they do it anyway". If you can't manage to like at least one exercise, your likelihood of going back to fatness is exponentially higher. Mix it up with an activity that you love, like listening your favorite music, an audiobook, and listen to those favorites only during the exercise, never any other time; or put a reward at the end, and only enjoy it after the exercise, never any other time. That way you can condition your brain to really like it. Never force yourself to exercise more to compensate your overeating. That would cause your brain to take exercise as a punishment. If you look at it as a "damn obligation for being healthy", you will eventually drop it.



ONLINEASLLOU
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7/14/12 8:23 P

I was never one to exercise ... and was in terrible shape most of my adult life. Then was I was 51, I got the "wake-up call" that I needed to start taking better care of myself. I started with Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds DVD's and built from there. Now at age 57, I find that I am in better shape than most friends my age.
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I like exercise DVD's and have a big collection of them, usually buying a new one every few months. I like a variety of instructors and styles.



JADOMB
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7/14/12 5:51 P

Yes, it depends on many factors. I was always in good shape until 10-15 years ago as I allowed myself to "age". I am now back to getting healthy and fit and I am 58. Since I had a good foundation to work with, I have gotten back into shape quite rapidly. But it's depends on that person, not on others and how they do it. Keep the faith.



TACDGB
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7/14/12 5:46 P

swimming is a good place to start. I also agree that it depends on if you have been working out or not. Walking is good.



ARCHIMEDESII
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7/14/12 4:35 P

MKENNEDY61,

What members recommend is going to depend on your current level of fitness. If you've been completely sedentary, you wouldn't want to start with something like P90X. You'd want to slowly ease into a regular program so that your body has time to adapt to the new routine.

Do you have any medical issues that could prevent you from engaging in certain types of exercise ? If you're in reasonably good health and your doctor has given you clearance to exercise, how about taking a daily walk ? Walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise. there are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they ate. So, if you have no health issues that prevent you from walking, start with a daily walk.

If you find walking a bit difficult, you could try something like Leslie Sason's Walk Away the Pounds workout DVDs. they are a low impact walking workout you can do at home. If you have a disability that makes standing and walking difficult, how about chair workouts ? If you go to YOUTUBE and search on chair workouts or aerobics, you'll find a number of short cardiovascular workouts you can do while sitting in a chair. Some can be quite vigorous.

Once again, depending on how active you've been during your life, you could do anything you wanted for exercise. You could take daily walks, you could ride a bike, you could take dance lessons, you could play golf, you could even work in your garden. It's all good.

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself so that we could better answer your question ?

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 7/14/2012 (16:37)


KEITHA39
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7/14/12 4:13 P

I'm 61 and my wife is 58.

I like P90X and Supreme 90, but both can be demanding.

My wife likes Jillian Michaels and Jackie Warner DVD's. I did her Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred with her yesterday and it was pretty good.

I remember when I was first getting started, I used Wii Fit to get me going and, later, Leslie Sansone walking tapes, which I especially recommend for getting the blood flowing if you haven't worked out for a while.

Any of the above can be modified significantly if need be to match one's current fitness level.




MCK6BOYZZ
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7/14/12 2:24 P

Any suggestions or ideas



 
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