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What You Need to Know About Fitness After 60

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  • I am going to be 64 this year and I am in better health and shape then I have ever been!
    I also weigh the lowest I have as an adult.
    I am continually working on improving my health because I intend on being around for a long time to come. I started running at age 53 and ran my first marathon 2 years later and have since run twelve plus countless other distances.
    Keeping healthy and fit is a lifestyle worth adopting!! - 7/4/2015 6:00:29 PM
  • PPHILIPP
    Since turning 60 I have gone full-blown with a daily isometrics routine, developing static muscle contractions which give maximum results for a modest amount of effort. Now in the older part of life I am perhaps in the best physical shape I have been since my youth.
    https://flic.kr/p/pPWAyD - 1/12/2015 8:28:25 PM
  • I'm 59, and not quite there but had a stroke on Halloween 2013 with a brain bleed. I have some deficits, including balance and a right hand/arm that shakes, but I still do the walking I can (even though I've been doing it for months I still can't do what I did a year ago. The balance issue when walking wears me out faster) I do my stretching exercises daily and strength training 3 time a week. When I was in a couple of different hospitals, I told medical personnel what I had been doing before the stroke and all of them told me that those things helped me to have much more limited problems than if I had been doing nothing. I also worked with "senior" citizens for many years and saw amazing people doing all kinds of things in their 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and even one that was 100! And the Senior Olympic events are awesome, local, state, and national. The usual but also bike racing, field and track, swimming, and a lot more events for people of all ages over 50. I loved it! Stay active no matter what your age! - 8/17/2014 12:13:41 PM
  • Great article and advice!!!
    I started taking it serious @ 67 and do a 5k now and then. Exercise on a daily basis and feel great.
    Wish I had considered this sooner!!
    - 8/17/2014 11:02:44 AM
  • Strength training since 1978, walking, bicycling, spin class, step, elliptical, a good attitude and the will and motivation to be healthy--that's how I stay fit after 60. - 5/19/2014 1:37:58 PM
  • I am not at that age yet but I will save it. I think I am going to print it out and keep it. - 12/19/2013 5:49:59 PM
  • What a wonderfully useful article! Details, reasons, measures, and altogether sensible talk. Thank you for this. - 12/8/2013 10:02:42 PM
  • CREATEMARKET
    Dean, I am 67, have had 8 bypasses, 8 stents and three heart attacks in past 30 years. I am pretty much sedentary because of bad circulation in both legs. I am also a brittle diabetic on insulin pump. I need to lose about 30 pounds and regain strength in legs. Can you help me figure out what to do? I appreciate your help and time.
    Dayne - 11/1/2013 8:27:41 PM
  • How can I bookmark this article on Sparkpeople? I want to return to it frequently. - 7/31/2013 9:30:49 AM
  • How can I bookmark this article on Sparkpeople? I want to return to it frequently. - 7/31/2013 9:30:44 AM
  • How can I bookmark this article on Sparkpeople? I want to return to it frequently. - 7/31/2013 9:30:43 AM
  • How can I bookmark this article on Sparkpeople? I want to return to it frequently. - 7/31/2013 9:30:42 AM
  • How can I bookmark this article on Sparkpeople? I want to return to it frequently. - 7/31/2013 9:28:51 AM
  • On the back scratch test, I could touch fingers on one side, not so good on the other, I would think that this is normal in people. It would be nice if they would improve this article by telling people how to improve on these items.

    I found the link that was supposed to give me info to be a link for info from arkansas and it contained more links, ad infinitum.

    I really dislike articles that say what you should be able to do without giving you the path to get there!
    - 7/13/2013 4:17:48 PM
  • chair stand, knee to marker, shoulder reach, weight lift. I flunked.Yikes...but I can walk and stretch Yeah. Boy have I got work to do. Thanx - 4/22/2013 12:09:34 PM

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