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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

I have plenty of free time every March, so I’m trying to step up exercise. I always do a lot of walking, but I’ve let ST and more intense cardio go by the wayside. I usually slack off during term time but when I come back to it, I don’t feel like a beginner - except this time. It’s been a bit of a shock. Is it worse this time because I’ve slacked off more than I thought, or is it that aging has caused me to lose more when slacking off?

(I don’t feel quite like her - a bit puzzled, that’s all LOL!)

I’m starting to get back a bit of muscle strength and my legs are strong anyway because of living Japanese style on the floor and constantly popping up and down for this or that. I did my first jumping-around cardio today, and even though I modified it, I felt my head get hot like when I almost got heat stroke. I’m sure that if I stick with all the extra exercise gently but persistently, I’ll get my fitness back, but it’s left me with admiration for those of you in my age group (68) who stick at it.
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  • SPICY23
    emoticon here's to Spring. May you get back to the level of fitness you desire at a reasonable pace by doing the daily activities that will get you there. It's worth holding onto.

    Peace and Care
    305 days ago
    Well, this sure reminds me that I need to get back into exercise, too! I used to do exercise videos all the time, but I have really slacked off and seem to have given up. I think if I tried today one of the ones I used to do, someone might have to call an ambulance. I know if I start up again, I'll have to go slow at first, or I truly might get hurt. I remember reading about an older woman getting back into exercise and overdoing weight-lifting at the beginning, and it took her a long time to recover from whatever she did to her arms. (Sorry to be so imprecise. I don't remember anything about the story except for the horror.)

    Well, good for you for taking steps to get your fitness back! It's possible you were just tired the day you did your first jumping-around workout and that's why it felt hard. There are days for me when it's much harder to climb the steps at the station than others. Or it might be true that age is attacking us! I do indeed feel different from before and wonder how much I should strive for. Your idea of "gently but persistently" seems the wisest and most promising approach. I hope you are soon feeling very fit again and jumping around with ease.

    My goodness--are you doing the floor life? I cannot sit on the floor any more. The fact that you can do that, Margaret, to me is an indicator of your fitness level. Wow! I could never manage seiza, even for thirty seconds (not kidding). Back in the days of Asian toilets, I think almost all Japanese had really strong quadriceps. Even when I was young, though, I was always relieved when there was a Western-style toilet available amongst the Asian ones.
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    Comment edited on: 3/17/2019 2:16:09 AM
    hmm. I've cut way back on all things exercise this winter - I wonder how I'm going to feel as I ease my way back into things.

    The important point, though, is that we are getting back instead of giving up, eh?
    312 days ago
    Love your humor! You are doing great!
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    312 days ago
    emoticon I would think it's a bit of both!
    312 days ago
    Hmm.... bit of both I guess. I do know that as I get older, I need to keep the ST consistent to keep fit.
    313 days ago
    Yes I confirm that we lose muscle tone faster as we age. It also takes longer to restore our
    fitness. It is a great motivator to keep to our workout routines. emoticon
    313 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/13/2019 1:39:50 PM
    with me, it's both; but it's very humbling how my body starts to respond when I get back at some exercise. I have great intentions of doing better, but need to work much harder at following through.
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  • EISSA7
    I am your age and I applaud your ability to hop up and down from floor are eons ahead of me! emoticon
    Due to recent cervical spine issues, I am forbidden to do any strength training or really anything except walking.....thus, since December, I have witnessed my muscle tone disappear in my upper body. Doing what you are able to do and encouraging yourself to build on that is awesome; keep up the fitness challenge!
    313 days ago
    Hang in there. Your body will acclimate again. It does take a bit longer to get back into it as we age a little more.
    313 days ago
    Aging makes even simple stuff harder.
    313 days ago
    Thank you
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  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    313 days ago
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