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What You Need to Know About Fitness After 60

6 Functional Fitness Assessments You Can Do at Home


  • 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
  • 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.... - 12/4/2012 1:47:44 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. and Its amazing what are bodies can do. - 8/30/2012 8:00:55 PM
  • @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
  • 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
    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
    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

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