Yes, active women in their 50s is what I'm looking for. Again, I don't want to sound like I'm down on anyone, because we are all at different place in our journeys - we are older/younger, more/less fit, heavier/not so heavy, etc. But joining groups with people decades older than I am, who have completely different challenges than I do, just isn't very helpful or inspiring.
So yes, it would be great to be in a group with other women of my age and approximate fitness level so we can encourage each other where we're at. I know I'm no longer in my prime, but I'm still far from geriatric. :)
Oh, and PS...I'm not training for a marathon, I used that as an extreme example because many in our age group DO run marathons. Half marathon is the longest distance I've done, and that was a while back. I'm just trying to get back to a half-way decent 5K and 10K.
If you're training for your first marathon, consider joining one of the marathon training teams. Marathons aren't just for 20 somethings. People who are 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70+ run marathons. Running a marathon is more about training and ability than your age. Join a running team to get good running tips.
If you consider yourself an active woman in her 50s who wants to talk to other active women in their 50s, then you need to start a new spark team. Call it active women in their 50s.
As Merle noted, most of the spark teams were created by the members.
Let me ask you this question, what are you looking for in a spark team ? Are you looking for marathon training advice or are you just looking to talk to other active women in their 50s ?
I did browse through all the teams and the closest thing I could find were ones like "Sparkers 50+ who want to lose X-number of pounds." But 50+ is a pretty open ended age range, which is what I object to. My fitness goals have little in common with someone my mom's age (82) so why can't I find a team for 50-year-olds who are training for marathons rather than rehabilitating from hip replacement?
(And please, I am NOT down on older folks, I just want to be in an age appropriate group.)
I'd suggest you browse through the Age-Related team lists to see which might appeal to you and are active. Some are based on how much weight you want to lose, or maintain, etc. so I'm not sure which type are good fits for you.
I'm over 50 and if I do say so myself, in terrific condition for my age. Other than the various and sundry knee issues, I'm in better shape than people half my age.
However, full disclosure, I have taken the senior citizen discount when offered. LOL
The first time a clerk offered me a senior citizen discount, I was offended. I'M NOT THAT OLD, I replied. but then the next time someone offered a discount, I said yes. I saved 20% off my purchase. So, now I hope someone offers me a senior citizen discount. hahahhaaaaa
BTW, I started receiving ads and mail from the AARP the year I turned 50. According to their website, you can be a member of the AARP when you reach 50. I've declined so far. Their discount isn't that good. LOL
Is there a team for active 50 somethings? I want to find a team that recognizes my age-related issues, but that also inspires me to stay active and encourages me to make the most of my capabilities while I still have them.
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@ LADYSTARWIND: No, I actually never take the Senior Discount. I am just barely old enough for it (it starts at 55 at most stores) and I'm fine waiting a few more years before I start asking for it. It's not worth the 5% I would save to feel old. Usually I stop at the grocery store on my way home from the park where I go running. I'm feeling good, and even youthful, after my run so the last thing I want is to be a Senior.
Edited by: LISALU910 at: 8/12/2018 (21:21)
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8/12/18 5:12 P
I haven't been offered any senior discounts yet, but I doubt if I would turn it down. Haha. The only grocery store in our town still bags and carries everyone's groceries out for them. Just one of the perks of rural America. You are so right that people want to slow down when they hit their fifties, when in reality we need to become more active as we age to avoid deteriorating.
LOL---I bet you don't complain when you get a "Senior discount" though?!!
I do find it sad that many people actually buy into the mental attitude "I'm in my 50's I better slow down" theory. I worked with a lot of folks who believed that and acted it out. Fortunately, it was in my 50's that I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, and really started getting my act together: lost weight, increased exercise, etc. I'm in my late 60's now...and I keep telling the grocery clerks that I'm waiting for the "help carrying my groceries out" until I'm at least 90...and that until then, I NEED the exercise! all the best, patti
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I agree 100%. That attitude permeates our society. I'm in my sixties and everyone assumes that when you reach a certain age you can't do anything more strenuous than a leisurely stroll or that you automatically have issues with blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure. It gets really annoying. Most of those issues are due to an unhealthy lifestyle and have little to do with age.
Well, it's not just here, with the Spark Teams, but in general that once you reach 50 you are relegated to Senior status right along with people decades older. There seems to be a perception that all people over 50 are basically the same - old - and there is no differentiation between 50 and 90 as far as most people are concerned.
I recently saw an article in the newspaper which was showing "Exercises for Baby Boomers." The youngest Baby Boomers (born in 1964) are 54 years old. But this article showed folks in their 80s sitting in wheelchairs feebling waving their arms for exercise. There is nothing in the world wrong with that except that people in their 80s are NOT Baby Boomers. Folks in their 50s and even beyond are still out running marathons.
I understand what you are saying; but, the suggested age grouping is just one aspect of the team. These are primarily member-created teams, and the originating person can set the team name and description however they want. There are also teams described as for 50 year olds, 40+, or 60+ as an example. You might want to scroll through the team list to see if there are other teams that you will prefer. Or you are always welcome to create a new team for 50s only if you want to give that a try.
Whether you select a team that actually matches your age range is completely up to you. I think it is more important to find an active team that matches your interests and needs. I hope you are able to find and participate in teams like that. Good luck!
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This is not intended to be derogatory towards anyone in their 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s. Most of us, if we're lucky, will be that age one day, too. And good for everyone getting into shape at whatever age they are.
If you look at the Spark Teams you'll see teams for 20s, 30s, and 40s. Then 50+
I'm sorry, but there is a HUGE difference between 50s and 80s. For example, at 55, I am as close in age to a 25-year-old as to an 85-year-old. Get it? But as soon as we turn 50, we're lumped into the same category with people decades older than we are - people in our parents' generation.
I'm just gonna say this stinks. The 50s is a distinct age group just like any other. Once you hit 50, you don't suddenly become closer to 60 than 40.