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  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 11,879Member Member Posts: 11,879Member Member
    @AnnPT77 It was the first! But both are great to bookmark for later!

    Thank you!

    For the record, they're both in the "Most Helpful Posts" sections, one in the "Getting Started" forum topic, and the other in the "General Health, Fitness and Diet" forum topic . . . along with a bunch of other excellent posts that are very much more worth reading!
  • suzesveltesuzesvelte Posts: 128Member, Premium Member Posts: 128Member, Premium Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    Pamela_Sue wrote: »
    I am curious about something. I am now 60, and asking myself what changes in my mobility, strength, etc. have I noticed since I was ages 40 or 50? I carry good muscle but am not very fit, and need to lose another 50 pounds or so. While I do have more backaches, arthritis in my hands, and some difficulty squatting down (I hyperextended both knees 5 years ago), I just don't see a lot of other physical changes except less flexibility due to my lack of activity.
    Is this typical of aging? What should we expect as we age? I feel fortunate that I have had few injuries in my life, and believe that my body still seems capable of doing more and becoming more fit as I age. I have been doing cardio and stretching, and plan to add some moderate weight training in the coming months (one thing at a time).
    What is your experience with aging and physical changes?

    What we should expect as we age depends - for many of us - on what we do as we age.

    I'm 63. Many of my friends are in one of two groups: On-water rowers, and artists. Most are my age, +/- a few years, up to a decade or so off my age in either direction.

    On average, the artists are sedentary, overweight to obese. To the extent that they are overweight + inactive , they require more medical interventions (surgery, drugs - all with side effects, especially as drugs interact!). They can have less fun (via things that require walking or stairs, like art and music festivals, sports/concerts in stadiums, etc.). They have hard-barrier eating prohibitions due to diabetes or drug regimens, unless they can tolerate significant health risks or consequences from an indulgence They recover much more slowly from surgery. They need more help from others (children or paid workers) with routine chores like yard work, flipping mattresses, moving furniture, painting. Their lives (financially, socially) are, frankly, stunted as they age. This makes me sad!

    The rowers, at the best edge, can do what daily life requires (including purely-fun stuff). My poster gal is my frequent rowing-double partner. Four weeks to the day after hip replacement surgery, and 5 days after her 73rd birthday, she was back in a boat rowing with me. She's been weight training regularly since her 40s, running, doing Pilates and more. Last weekend, she and I went to a community festival, drank craft beer (plenty! :lol: ), ate crazy nonsense, danced, walked miles. So fun! :)

    None of us have a time machine to go back and do more retroactively, but we have choices now. Good choices matter, in a big way. We can always start now, and build, with what we can manage.

    The artists are definitely more creative, and accomplish more in the realm where they focus. They impress me significantly, in that way. That's useful, and important, too - no deprecation or diss intended or implied. I value them as friends and people: Balance is vital.

    Most common aging-related consequences, for many people (not everyone) can be mitigated, at least for a time. Older fit people in my life have tended (again, not universally) to have a short, sharp decline before death. The fat + unfit ones have tended (also not universally) toward lengthy, slow, painful decline.

    I figure I have choices. The choices may shift my odds (!!!), but they guarantee nothing. Still, it seems pretty clear what my best bet is, to play most favorable odds.

    YMMV,

    This is a good synopsis. I think people can under-estimate the life-limiting effects of NOT engaging with healthy eating and exercise. I am highly motivated by the desire to keep on doing the routine things I have taken for granted thus far in my life. not carrying too much weight and doing a variety of types of exercise is key to that. Keeping on making the good choices as often as possible is vital - literally.
  • ourbestlifeourbestlife Posts: 59Member Member Posts: 59Member Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    @AnnPT77 It was the first! But both are great to bookmark for later!

    Thank you!

    For the record, they're both in the "Most Helpful Posts" sections, one in the "Getting Started" forum topic, and the other in the "General Health, Fitness and Diet" forum topic . . . along with a bunch of other excellent posts that are very much more worth reading!

    Thank you.. I am looking forward to reading them!!
  • alteredsteve175alteredsteve175 Posts: 1,690Member Member Posts: 1,690Member Member
    Good morning! Hope y'all are having a good day. Fall is in the air in Idaho. YAY! My favorite season! 🍁
  • annliz23annliz23 Posts: 288Member Member Posts: 288Member Member
    Happy Friday everyone!
  • annliz23annliz23 Posts: 288Member Member Posts: 288Member Member
    Lost 2lbs this week my knees and hip are feeling a bit better so hoping to exercise a bit more this week!
  • alteredsteve175alteredsteve175 Posts: 1,690Member Member Posts: 1,690Member Member
    Been getting a walk with the pup every day. That was the plan. Sore hips yesterday, but they feel great today!
  • annliz23annliz23 Posts: 288Member Member Posts: 288Member Member
    Been getting a walk with the pup every day. That was the plan. Sore hips yesterday, but they feel great today!

    Keep going it gets better!
  • pattyann1750pattyann1750 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Hi everyone.I just started MFP sept 1.My step daughter and son in law have been doing it since july and have lost 20/30#,They are quite the inspiration and have been good mentors.I am 65 and really enjoy this age group thread.So encouraging.I have yoyo'd all my life.Now I just want to loose for health and wellness.I am diabetic on insulin,cirrhosis of the liver (non alcoholic )from fatty liver disease and know my body is not as forgiving as yrs ago.I have lost 8# in first 2 weeks and already decreasing my insulin and feel so much better.I want to loose 20/30 total.I look forward to your post and will contribute as it is such a motivator to have support.I walk 2-3 miles and will increase it as I enjoy it.Thanks for your support and look forward to this journey together.
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