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What You Need to Know About Fitness After 60

6 Functional Fitness Assessments You Can Do at Home

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  • @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.

    Stay strong!
    - 8/26/2012 8:31:00 PM
  • AZURE-SKY
    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. - 8/26/2012 5:11:23 PM
  • 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. - 8/26/2012 8:49:32 AM
  • Why do some people think this is a dating site?? I took the assesment and did what I thought was very well, until I looked at your chart. I am doing the minimun to avoid the high risk catagory in almost all areas. Back scratch test did not go well. Very limited mobility in my right shoulder because of surgery that was not followed by rehab.
    Knee lifts I did exactly 65. Arm curls I did 65, but maybe too fast. I used 2.5# weights in each hand. - 8/15/2012 1:01:53 PM
  • LILYOFVALEE
    This was a good article but it is apparently old; the link to the pdf was broken so it went to the Arkansas fitness website. When I put the title in the search on that site, it wasn't found. - 5/6/2012 10:47:01 PM
  • This is a pretty good article and I'm going to share it with my parents and in-laws. Both my parents and my in-laws have just entered their 60s or are about to and I do worry about their fitness and health as they age. I've tried to impress upon my mom the importance of a fitness routine but she keeps telling me she doesn't have the time. - 5/6/2012 11:04:03 AM
  • I aced all the tests and I feel that they should be harder for those of us who are in our 60s and have exercised for a long time. I felt it was more of a beginners challenge to me. - 6/20/2011 8:39:26 PM
  • MSAUER
    link is not opening a PDF file, rather going to Arkansas fitness website. Good article, but need to see the actions to improve after taking the test - 5/5/2011 2:22:47 PM
  • BARBHSV0425
    My comment was just sent by error as I was not finished typing before hitting wrong key. I do try to use my treadmill at least 3 times a week for 10-15 minutes. I know I should try longer but I also have Coronary Artery Spasms, which occur anytime they feel like it and they constrict so hard I feel as though I am having a heart attack. I have very low blood pressure and have a pacemaker for that reason. I weigh 148 and 5'4", but all my weight is from the waist up like an upside down pear. Anyone have any comments or help for me. Like I said I am 74 YO - 2/10/2011 7:22:08 AM
  • BARBHSV0425
    I am 74 and have severe Fibromyalgia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy in feet and legs, Osteoporisis - 2/10/2011 7:18:04 AM
  • A good article, I think I can ask my parents to do these to check their abilities, they both are couple years before 60. And it's so hard to persuade them to do exercises and I hope with me doing workouts at home, they can view that as inspiration! - 2/10/2011 6:33:45 AM
  • I just took the tests and was surprised I did as well as I did, I am not in the at risk group. I am now 68 and have been retired for three years. We moved one year ago to a very northerly town in BC Canada. Winters are very cold so walking outdoors is next to impossible for about 3 months. We are with family but have left friends behind so I have been pretty lazy, reading and cooking and some TV has been all I have been doing. I have now started to watch portion size of my meals and have just started walk aerobics DVD's. I think Sparks is going to be good for me. I enjoyed this article. - 1/4/2009 4:53:06 PM
  • This is the information I really love to read. I am 64 and really need to get on track as I know I am losing my strength big time.
    Thanks Sparks for articles for us who are entering the golden years. - 1/3/2009 8:00:08 AM
  • I had a hard time with the back scratch portion of this test. Even in my 20's when I was very flexible, it took about 6 months of Yoga practice to be able to have the fingers of my two hands touch. Even at that I could only ever grasp the fingers of the two hands together on one side. Are people really supposed to be this flexible at 65? . Many people think that because they're older and have lost so much strength that it's impossible to regain it and are afraid of injury. There's not a heck of lot of exercise videos out there for older people (especially aerobics). Good article. - 11/3/2008 11:39:28 AM
  • I turned 63 this month. I retired in April and I do mean retired. The weight came on slowly but I thought I could take it off without a problem....Didn't happen. I tried Weight Watchers and although they have a good plan it was not for me. Five pounds later I quit. My friend told me about Spark and I've been here for 28 days and am now 12 lbs lighter. It's not that my food has changed so much but that I have been exercising everyday and I feel like myself again. Another 15 lbs. and I'll be back to being comfortable with me. Good luck everyone. We can do it. - 10/23/2008 7:00:38 PM

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