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WORDWOMAN7 SparkPoints: (11,240)
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5/22/13 9:56 A

I just want to say congratulations for doing this! When I started walking on a treadmill, it wasn't at a very fast clip. But gradually I'm able to go a little faster; your body will tell you when it's ready for more. I put in a DVD and watch while I walk. But if you have a Y near you, that could be a lot of fun! Keep going, EWL! You can do this!

ANGUSSANDY Posts: 10,516
5/22/13 7:58 A

Walking is a great way....put on some headphones and listen to a book. You will walk more. Even around the yard.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
5/21/13 1:29 P

EWL - how about a chair/seated exercise video? I know there are lots of them out there, and I think Spark may even have one or two. Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds series is a good one to try as well, especially if the heat gets to you. Your public library may have a good selection; check there first before buying if you can. The web site has reviews, descriptions and ratings of each video to help you decide which is right for you.

It's fantastic that you've made the decision to improve your health and it's never too late!

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
5/21/13 11:03 A

Everything I have is either illegal, indecent or immoral, kidding. How about pole dancing, darn, is that indecent. Seriously, how about water aerobics or water zumba or swimming? Those will all keep you cool while you burn some calories and are easy on the joints.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (300,152)
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5/21/13 10:52 A

If you have Medicare, you will find many gyms in South Florida that offer free memberships through your insurance. A gym you feel comfortable with and caters to seniors will give you health benefits of both socialization and exercise. I would try a walking program and swim aerobics.

It's never too late, just work in moderation and set small goals - like walking without losing your breath.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
5/21/13 10:25 A

Congratulations to you for starting to exercise. I'll repeat a previous post, it is never too late to start! Since it has been determined that you have the "green light" to begin an exercise program, and you are trying to walk given your physical limitations and the heat, I suggest that you find an exercise class for seniors. Besides the YMCA already mentioned, or a pool, try the local senior center, assisted living facility, and nursing home. I have participated in both (now age 55) particularly when recovering from a long illness and am at a weakened place. I take my mother (age 88) to the exercise classes at the assisted living and senior center classes. I join in on the class with people all over age 70.

MOVEMENT IS LIFE!!!! KEEP MOVING!! Baby steps are fine while you build strength!

Be encouraged, motivated and get moving!

KJEANNE SparkPoints: (0)
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5/20/13 8:25 P

In addition to walking, try swimming or kicking around in the pool. My water feels great when my joints are talking to me.

5/20/13 8:02 P

Try the YMCA. I know my Y has tons of stuff for older people or starters like myself. I take a water aerobic class and everyone is older. The older people have a coffee group that meet in the morningi know one of the gentleman is 85. It seems like a fun group. So maybe something like that would be motivating. Good luck.

5/20/13 7:25 P

Just a suggestion, if the heat is getting to you try walking at the mall where you can benefit from the air conditioning. Also find a walking buddy to go with you, you can guilt trip each other into working out. Even at your age you can increase your strength with a strength training programme. I suggest getting some resistance bands to begin, a good set with handles is $15 at Walmart. Stay within your abilities and you will do fine.

EWL978 Posts: 2,021
5/20/13 6:39 P


Thanx for your primary and my cardiologist both tell me to walk!! They would be MOST happy if I told them that's what I'm doing...we've already had that conversation before I wrote here... I figured I should ask if there were any limitations.

That takes care of the heart far as arthritis, etc....nothing more than occasional bursitis in one knee and toes that are stiffening up with old age!! I HATE THAT TERM!!!!!!!!
So, I guess if that's what you both already said, I'll give it a shot....just can't seem to get myself dressed and outside to do this....lazy from lack of doing anything, I know it.

Also hate the thought that it was 87o here was 80o before noontime. Guess I'll just have to get started early....G_d knows I'm up. AND, I've been thinking that I might just sleep better if I get some exercise in.

Anyways, I think I'll give it a shot...since I really lose my breath if I do much I'll just start slow and short and see what it gets me to. Any other suggestions would truly be appreciated...I know that I can't stay this way....I'll become an old lady and we can't have that!! (g)

KELLY_R Posts: 3,049
5/20/13 6:33 P

As everyone has mentioned - get your doc's okay first (and he or she might have some physical fitness recommendations for you, as well).

Once you get that thumbs up, remember everyone has to start somewhere. Don't expect yourself to be able to run a 5k right off the bat.

I had to start slow myself, a long time ago when I was at my highest weight and also coming off of a sedentary lifestyle. I started off with fitness videos, too - and I couldn't keep up, either... I just followed their advice in the videos that when I couldn't keep up to just march in place until I caught my breath, or, if it were weights to just do every-other rep in comparison to each of theirs, or just break earlier.

Just takes little steps - when your body starts getting stronger and more capable of handling the demands you're putting on it, it'll get easier and you'll just kind of know when you can start pushing yourself to try a little harder.

Good luck!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,476)
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5/20/13 2:52 P

Hi, EWL !

One thing you should do before you start to exercise is talk to your doctor. Because you've been very sedentary, you should have a physical done. Find out from your doctor what you can and can't do. because we know nothing about your medical history or over all health, we're not in a position to tell you what you should and shouldn't do. Thus the need to talk to your doctor. They'll give you some guidelines since we don't know if you have arthritis, bursitis, etc. We just don't know how mobile you are.

Once you get the all clear, we can make some recommendations. Let's say your doctor says it's okay, then I might recommend starting with a daily walk. Can you walk without any discomfort ? If so, take a walk. If you can only walk for 10 minutes before you get tired, that's okay. that's where you start. taking a 10 minute walk three times a day still adds up to a 30 minute walk. You do what you can to start.

But once again, because of your age and any medical conditions we don't know about, you should get your approval from your doctor first. just to be safe. As Coach Jen said, it's never too late to start exercising.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 5/20/2013 (14:55)
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,755
5/20/13 2:39 P


It's NEVER too late to start exercising, so kudos to you for trying something new! My first suggestion is to get clearance from your doctor to begin a regular exercise program. That's pretty important given your medical history and the fact that you haven't exercised in a long time. Once you've got the green light, walking is probably a great place to start. Even if you can only start with a few minutes of slow walking a few times a day, eventually you'll get stronger and notice that you can go a little further each time.

I hope that helps! You can do it!!

Coach Jen

EWL978 Posts: 2,021
5/20/13 2:31 P

I want to start off by telling everyone I'm 79!! And, I've lived a sedentary life. While I feel okay, I've had my share of illness. In the past 10 years, I've had breast CA, a heart valve replaced, hysterectomy, gall bladder, and emergency double hernia surgery. If I've forgotten anything others, that's GOOD!! (as far as I'm concerned) Add to all of this high blood pressure and some arthritis kicking in. My head still thinks (translate to wishes) that I'm 16!!

So, I lose my breath walking more than 100 or so feet from the house, live in Southern Florida for the past 3 years and am still not liking the heat and humidity, but I can deal with that since most places are air conditioned.

I have not done any exercising although years ago (translate to when I was younger), I did lots of walking...I loved to walk around downtown Boston, etc.

I've tried some of the exercises on Spark and really can't do them anywhere near as quickly as the videos go (or the DVDs I've got)...

So, any help and/or suggestions would be great!! I'm doing so well on the nutrition side of my new life, but I just can't motivate myself because I just know I"m going to lose my breath almost as soon as I get started.

Thanx in advance...I really need to do something and I'm willing to try most anything that isn't illegal, indecent or immoral!!

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