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MLAN613 Posts: 20,984
8/9/18 6:19 A

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@LIN1263 that playground sounds positively grand!

I am in my 40s. Probably the biggest challenge for me right now scheduling; my age doesn't define me. I currently have a job with typical office hours of 8 to 4:30 and I prefer an earlier shift of 6 to 2:30 or 7 to 3:30 but my current department doesn't offer those offer.

This 8 to 4:30 schedule is hard because I prefer afternoon workouts; I run/walk and don't necessarily feel safe running alone in the morning when it's dark. I am currently training for a half marathon race in September and am getting my weekday training distances after work; I hate how late I get done because I am so slow but I get it done.

My only physical issue is the severe ostheoarthritis in left knee. I will get a new knee eventually but am too young. Because of this, I utilize a run/walk plan.

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 8/9/2018 (06:25)
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8/9/18 6:13 A

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i only find it more amusing now!



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8/9/18 1:19 A

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I have not tried it yet, but there was a "ALL AGES, ALL ABILITIES" playground built this summer, should be finished now, 4 blocks away at a park, people in the city I live are average age 86, idea is to get people 80 & up to use it & disabled people to use it, nothing else like it ,I will look into it, I am 55 years old, I understand from local magazine today there are rest areas & zip lines for people over 80 to use. It is next door to the community rec. center I go to. I will check internet for details on it. Kids can use it also.

I have pleurisy, 2 types of anemia, macrocytic anemia, Iron deficiency anemia, from blood transfusions with wrong antibodies, causes blood to replace daily instead of 100 days, chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years. Now formed scar tissue.I am 56 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well. I have new blood clots now,2019.I am on P.S.T. time zone.


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8/8/18 4:07 P

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Speaking as someone who is now over 50, I'm probably in the best shape I've ever been in. However, old injuries that I received in my youth have haunted me through my life.

I have knee empathy for anyone with knee issues. Because I have taken care of myself these past few years, I've managed to delay having knee surgery. At some point though, I know I will need that surgery. Just trying to delay the inevitable as long as possible.

So yeah, I have a young body from taking care of myself, but old knees.


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8/8/18 11:41 A

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SAMe, I got a lot slower in my early 40s, then at 43 1/2 I had a bad debilitating stroke that thankfully I’ve mostly recovered from mentally and physically. I’m going through menopause, but being on a heart healthy diet I got put on after the stroke as well as antidepressants for anxiety and depression, I’ve not been suffering through it like some women do. Not emotionally anyways, though I do get hot flashes a lot. I ve been getting my workouts really going this year after losing the over 30lbs I put on from a different antidepressant I was put on two years ago that caused weight gain. I’m now focused on weight bearing exercises and weight trading with some bike riding and swimming thrown in. I took an aquatic aerobics class for therapy and body pain at my VA and frequently use what I learned there in our large local, surprisingly not crowded community pool in my city. I suffered a lot of body pain, and still do, from my stroke, and now I appear to have Trigeminal Neuralgia to boot! In pain every day, but I find working out takes my mind off it as well as the endorphins from it. Only natural pain killers for me, no narcotics!

I still can’t do a jumping jack or jump rope to save my own life, I guess I lost the coordination for it. Too old, I guess.

Edited by: MELTEA43 at: 8/8/2018 (11:43)
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8/8/18 11:15 A

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getting slower.

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8/7/18 1:56 P

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Oh my knees. I do a low impact, no jumping aerobics video from Joanna Soh and my knees can still be achey. Walking, cycling and swimming all do the same, but if I don't exercise I'll be a heap of self neglect in a few years.
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8/2/18 8:10 P

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I will be 70 soon and am amazed at the energy I have after losing just 45 pounds. Another 52 to go for my goal and 22 pounds for the doctors goal. She wants me at 180 and I want 150. Will follow her wish for a few months when I get down there and make a decision the.



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7/26/18 11:39 P

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I am 45 but have so low energy

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7/26/18 5:44 P

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the weight doesn't come off like it used to, I am always changing up my routine and changing my eating. I do weights now, which I dabbled with before but since we lose a percentage every year now after 40 I am pretty serious about it now, I am no longer able to run due to my back so I look for other cardio ways, biking, arc machine, swimming etc. Not as young as I used to be and it takes longer to recover, lol. A day at a time.

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7/25/18 11:33 P

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Back in my 40's ( a long time ago...) part of my challenge was to actually find time to exercise: worked full time, had a pre-teen son going into his teenage years, volunteered with a youth group he was in, helped with my husband's business... You get the drift....!!

I also didn't take time to fully realize the importance of exercising. I could pretty well "do" anything I wanted to: camp, hike, canoe, walk the dog....and weight wasn't really an issue. It was long before arthritis became the factor I now contend with; and a decade before weight, pre-diabetes, blood pressure, etc caught up to me.

Hope other 40-somethings will take heed and not follow any trail I blazed. LOL
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Stubborn fat and losing muscle. I now have to work EXTRA hard to gain muscle and lose fat. I have to be very purposeful with my workouts and pay attention to my eating habits more than ever before. A few more aches and pains than when I was younger, but nothing too bad. If anything, its a reminder that what I'm doing is IMPORTANT, because I know I'll only have more aches and pains if I let my fitness slide.

On the flip side, I care more about my health than my looks compared to when I was younger, I have the patience to be in it for the long haul and I'm more loving and accepting of my body and its "flaws". That's a pretty good trade. Oh, and I'm 46, turning 47 in November.

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7/24/18 2:22 P

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What is the biggest challenge you face in trying to maintain fitness over 40 years old?

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