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Calculating the Risks in Being Active as We Age

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Calculating risk as we age is a challenge. I snow ski. In fact at 70, I have gotten back into skiing in the last few years and am getting better. Still I am aware it is a dangerous sport and that I can injure myself. I have decided it is worth it and do it with care. Lessons. Not alone. I prep with workouts and pace myself on the slopes. But of course one snow boarder could ruin my day, my limbs and apparently my head. (A good friend of mine who was in great shape just sustained a serious head injury when a truck driver hit her on her bike).

Meanwhile my husband wants to buy a three wheel motor cycle which terrifies me for him. We took a course together, but training involves biking on a black top at 20 mph. As we know the highways are not that simple. I have decided not to get a bike and he may still get one. How can I argue—with me on skis!

So many people die of sitting and eating too much. I’m going to go with active, but as sanely as possible. How do you calculate the risks of staying active as you get older?
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  • PAMBACH
    I am going to be 59. So I know the considerations that need to be taken into account. Went through the trainer at the gym process and realized they didn't take age into consideration. Yoga is my very definite choice and I do it regularly. Walking with light weights and lots of arm and leg movement keep me strong. My profession is very active so that helps too. Being active and being smart is the way to go!
    1002 days ago
  • no profile photo CD23071347
    I hear ya! I too would rather keep active. I guess we just have to be mindful all the time that we are not pushing ourselves to hard.
    1021 days ago
  • KELLIEBEAN
    AMEN! I watched my mom slowly deteriorate and resort to narcotics to feel better and she kept declining.

    I'm going out active. Like you say, manage your risks, stay as safe as possible.

    You are a great role model!


    1022 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    I don't take many walks at night - because my ankles are iffy and the falls I take now do more damage. And I can tell, when we're on the sailboat - when I'm doing strength training regularly - and I can leap around the uneven narrow surfaces to hoist or lower or jibe or come about and when I'm NOT working out and every move seems just a little bit scary.

    The first time I realized there were certain activities I couldn't do any more was when my stepson and nephew were 14 and I was about 30 - and I just couldn't play king of the mountain on an overturned canoe with them any more. My legs were black and blue. LOL
    1022 days ago
  • SUNNYBEACHGIRL
    When I started with the strength training trainer I told my main goal was not to get hurt. I have seen friends end up in pain and sometimes surgery to fix mistakes. I take it easy and check along the way.
    1023 days ago
  • QUARTERMASTER3
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  • POINDEXTRA
    I hear ya! After breaking my hip in a bicycle fall 2 years ago, followed by a diagnosis of osteopenia in my hip bones, there will be no more biking for me untill my next Dexa this fall, and then only if it shows me in the normal range. Hubby and I have both had freak bike mishaps, so I'll keep my feet on the ground for the time being.I DO miss biking, but if If I fall hiking, I'll be closer to the ground and travelling much more slowly than on a bicycle. Sigh.
    1025 days ago
  • POINDEXTRA
    I hear ya! After breaking my hip in a bicycle fall 2 years ago, followed by a diagnisis of osteopenia in my hip bones, there will be no more biking for me untill my next Dexa this fall, and then only if it shows me in the normal range. Hubby and I have both had freak bike mishaps, so I'll keep my feet on the ground for the time being.I DO miss biking, but if If I fall hiking, I'll be closer to the ground and travelling much more slowly than on a bicycle. Sigh.
    1025 days ago
  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
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  • LYNCHD05
    Yes we do have to be smart about what we ask our bodies to do at this point in our lives. We have all read about the health risks of a sedentary life and have decided that this is not for us. So I say go for whatever makes you and your body happy.

    1026 days ago
  • DESIREE672
    At 67, I wonder about this too. If a young exercise instructor pushes for some move I don’t like, I keep in mind that they’re not medical professionals and I’ll have to live with the result. I’m wary of falls too. Younger people tend to bounce. Older people like me don’t bounce! But good results are worth taking a small amount of risk for, IMHO.
    1026 days ago
  • CAROLCRC
    There's also the balance between doing what we want and scaring our relatives too much. Some would have us be frail before our time.
    Keep ski-ing as long as you are enjoying it.
    1026 days ago
  • SRWYLIE
    We can get hurt no matter what we do, so we better do what we enjoy without fear or regret. Thanks for the important reminder!
    1026 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    I run. I am 69 years old. I'm training for my 13th half marathon. When something hurts I back off the training plan; when it doesn't I go for it. I'm back in the gym trying to build strong muscles and bones Right now I am concentrating on arms and
    1026 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
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  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    1026 days ago
  • BILLTHOMSON
    Thank-you, food for thought
    1026 days ago
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