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Inspirations in the Gym

Monday, February 27, 2012

I love working out at the gym during the mid morning hours. There is so much energy and inspiration among a generation of people over age 70 during this time frame. Some of the great people may not be in work out clothes at all and have physical limitations but are stilling trying to be fit.

Here are some of the examples I see as inspiration:

Watching someone walk a lap using a walker, take a short break, and then walk another lap. This went on for 45 minutes. Thought: No matter how old, a person can always being moving and trying to get fit.

Watching an older gentleman do 4 pull ups on the bar and realizing I can’t even do that and haven’t even attempted.

Watching many doing weights or walking the treadmill, albeit slowly, they are still doing are striving to be fit.

Watching the water aerobics and how hard all of them work. Thought: I need to take some days and swim some laps.

Watching a wife working out on the treadmill, while her husband who uses a walker reads the paper close by. Thought: Support

Watching the social aspect amongst all of these inspirational people. Thought: It doesn’t matter how old we get, we can meet up with friends daily through fitness.

It may take these people longer to work out and it may be harder but they make the effort from day to day. They are an inspiration to watch.
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    I hear what you are saying. No matter what age there are things we can do to be as fit as possible. I see many at the Y who are in wheel chairs and they roll around and get themselves off the chair and onto machines to do seated exercises. As someone earlier said they are so brave. I play golf with a lady who is 75 plus and shoots in the 70's each time she goes out. She has recovered from a stroke, has fibromyalgia and recently had a stint put in to aid kidney function.
    2244 days ago
    Seniors are amazing! I teach Zumba Gold, and these ladies range in age from mid 30s (beginners or deconditioned) to 80+. Love them all. They come to wiggle, dance, and socialize. And a good third of them stay for the next pilates class or body sculpting. don't ever underestimate the resolve of a senior!!
    2244 days ago
    So true! I take my zumba classes at a community center that is part of a retirement village. Some of the ladies that are able, participate in class and they always giggle with the hip gyrations and pelvic moves. They laugh and say THAT was not permitted in their day as they try to master the moves. One gal just bobs her head and struts to "I'm Sexy and I Know It". Love her!
    My favorite was an elderly man using a walker, he paused by the gym doors while the music was blasting. He looked in at all us women in the middle of a song, smiled and gave us a thumbs up.
    2245 days ago
    I hear you! There's a lady in our gym with MS. She can barely move, but she gets in and does what she can. There's also a gentleman with crippling arthritis who gets in the lap lane every day and walks back and forth. He's so brave. It makes me ashamed to complain about my problems. God bless them all.
    2246 days ago
    Isn't that the truth & they are so inspiring. I'm 64 and the gym I go to has many that are much older than I am & it is amazing to see what they can do. There is one gentleman over 90, and hunched over, but he still comes in and uses the recumbant bike and many of the weight machines. I just find that so amazing & love to see him there. emoticon
    2246 days ago
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