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CURTISJ71 SparkPoints: (2,511)
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2/6/14 4:19 P


I agree, "hobby farm" is somewhat of a misnomer. What I'm trying to imply, is that I do NOT depend on farming for my livelihood. But the chores associated with feeding and caring for 4 horses, 3 cows, 4 pigs, 9 goats and up to 20 chickens, plus maintaining the fencing, pastures etc. is probably bit more than sitting at a desk.

Edited by: CURTISJ71 at: 2/6/2014 (16:21)
2/6/14 1:14 P


I think the term "Hobby Farm" is an oxymoron. No such thing exists. It is a farm no matter what.
Think you bring up a very good point that in earlier days working out was a part of every day life. You worked hard to just survive. Today most jobs don't call for the all over type of fitness that people enjoyed (?) a hundred years ago. You worked hard to stay alive and to stay healthy.
Work is something we do from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 100 years ago we worked 24 hours a day.


TEAROSE22 SparkPoints: (30,671)
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2/5/14 6:26 P

You senior dudes sound like you are doing a lot already. I am over thinking I can compete with the younger people....I am focusing on my resistance bands and free weights...personal trainer just working me into cardio. However, everyday I do more and more movement within my life pattern. Example, today 3 hours of very heavy housework. Snowed in and seemed like a good way to spend the day. You guys are amazing. Someday, I hope I can get there.

CURTISJ71 SparkPoints: (2,511)
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2/5/14 11:47 A

My 2 cents. I'm 71, retired, and live on a 50 acre hobby farm. I raise / grow 70% of everything I eat. So, for me, flexibility is first, strength second, and endurance last. For flexibility ( and some strength) DDPYoga. Don't even think of trying to keep up with the young people. For strength, I use machines at the gym for lower body, and free weights for upper. I also have adjustable dumbbells and a bench at home for upper body. Treadmill and "healthrider" at home for endurance. Like you, I walk 3 - 4 miles most days. Two days a week at the gym, and the rest at home. The DDPYoga is most days, but intensity and length vary. This seems to work for me, my doctor says I'm in better shape than 90% of his patients half my age.

Edited by: CURTISJ71 at: 2/5/2014 (11:48)
2/4/14 1:25 P

Free weights are great for helping your maintain muscles that you have and bone density. I usually aim for 3 sets of 10 reps or less. It is difficult to bulk up with muscle mass. Or maybe try something like yoga to work on your flexibility?

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2/4/14 11:22 A

Unless you're predisposed to doing so, and actively train with that goal in mind, you don't have to worry about bulk and mass. That's just not something that most people can do, and certainly can't happen accidentally! Lifting heavy is your goal, and it won't make you bulky.

I agree with Zorbs; you'll get best results from free weights, because they're more dynamic, and can target more than one single muscle group. Is getting with a personal trainer an option for you? Most of the time, a single session is pretty reasonable, and many of them even barter services (I got mine by trading a website for training... free for both of us!)

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (199,750)
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2/4/14 5:13 A

Why not learn how to use free weights?

2/3/14 11:56 P

Have belonged to a gym for little over a year now. I feel like I am ready to move to another level in my work out. I'm doing cardio 4 or 5 times a week, for approx 50 min. Distance is between 3.5 and 4.2 miles. Calories burned between 500 and 600. Every other day I use work out machines and do 2 sets of 12 reps. Over the past year I have slowly been able to increase the amount of weight I use. I usually leave my weekend open with nothing more than a 30 to 50 min walk with the dog.

I'm not sure what I should be doing next. I am able to walk/jog when doing cardio. So I enjoy the mix up of speeds and how it affects distance and calories burned. Feeling that I should be adding new machines and possibly dropping some of the old ones. Perhaps a move to different style of work out. Would like to be able to see more progress in becoming lean and tighter. At my age, adding bulk and mass is not my goal. However I am still interested in seeing how I can change the look of my body.

Would be happy to add the names/types of machines I work out with and weights used. Looking for something to refresh my stale and after a year dull routine. Suggestions would be appreciated.


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