What a wonderfully useful article! Details, reasons, measures, and altogether sensible talk. Thank you for this.
11/1/2013 8:27:41 PM
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
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!
I kind of got hung-up on the 65+ year-olds being more likely to exercise than the 45-64 year-olds, then the obvious answer hit me--retirement, blessed, glorious retirement! Did pretty good on the assessment, but failed the shoulder flexibility test, gosh darn it, but only on the left side. However, considering the number of injuries these poor shoulders have been through in 64-years....
8/30/2012 8:00:55 PM
Hi all. I'm new to the site. I too am over 60 and I have made some great lifestyle changes. Fitness and a healthy lifestyle is very attainable after 60. I made some changes to my diet and started to exercise and this helped me avoid having to go on medications to reverse my unhealthy condition. In the process I lost weight and I now have more energy. I am no starting my own blog. http://65andalive.tumblr.com and http://65andalive.net Its amazing what are bodies can do.
@AnneMarie - Collage Videos carries a number of DVDs for seniors. You can preview them on line at their website, as well as ordering from their comprehensive catalog.
8/26/2012 5:11:23 PM
Don't assume that everyone 60 or older is infirm. I'm 60, and about 70 pounds overweight, but I'm certainly not feeble! I can still do a resistance program on the elliptical for 35 minutes, plus a full range of resistance machines at the gym, with weights. On the days I don't go to the gym, a typical workout is a fast 4 or 5-mile Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds video - using 2-lb wrist weights to increase the calorie burn.
When I started using the elliptical, I could only do about 2 minutes, but worked my way up to 35 minutes or more by adding a couple of minutes every time. There are 80-year olds at the gym I belong to, and they put some of the younger members to shame. One advantage to being older is that you no longer care what everyone else is doing, or how good you look in your workout clothes.
Oh, by the way, I'm not in the best physical shape, and retired from a very sedentary job a few years ago. I'm in better shape now than when I was younger, when I never had the time nor inclination to exercise.
This article is outstanding. I'm 70 and have been active my entire life but I did slow down at 60. My bad. These tests are designed to show us where we need work and give us the information we need to improve our health.
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