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For the first time in my life I've developed muscles - and I'm in my late 70s! It's most pleasing to me that I can now toss my heavy, cast-iron frying pan!
I always thought that you had a set of exercises that you did every day (not that I did any) and that was it. Now I realise that you have to keep challenging yourself to do more.
My inspiration is a woman who calls herself 'GymBoffin', who's a bit of an IF guru on Mumsnet:
Meant to add - @Lizbean, sorry about your arthritis. However, there is evidence that a plant-based diet can help:
Certainly seems to have mitigated my arthritis - in my knuckles!
I don't walk for exercise but it's not unusual for me to walk up to 5 miles a day in the course of my commuting and other activities.
I strength train as part of my strategy to keep my muscle mass and maintain its quality (I always did some strength training but not for this reason).
So, I've now shared some of my confusion around the notion of what counts as exercise rather than activity that is part of the day-to-day. It's not easy to even attempt a definition based on intensity.
The background to this is that I used to be an exercise teacher, during the aerobics boom, teaching up to 15 classes a week plus personal training. That was in my 20s and 30s. So I have a history of fitness discipline and a fair amount of knowledge of general fitness principles and my own body. But the decade from 40 to 50 my lifestyle changed a lot, I fell in love (!) got married, changed job and became very sedentary. As a result I've had to work hard to get back into any sort of shape.
Sadly I don't think I'll ever be as fit or as flexible as I was in my thirties, but I'm striving to be as fit as I can be for my age, within reason, on a couple of exercise sessions a week. It has definitely been complementary to following the 5:2. As I've lost fat I've gained suppleness and stamina. I know there's a school of thought that says if you exercise you lose weight more slowly, but I know my body composition is changing for the better and that trounces anything the scales can tell me.
nursebean wrote: Well, do you remember that YouTube video a while ago that had a man chasing his labrador who was chasing some deer? Well Minnie did that EXACT same thing in Richmond Park. She was so tiny then...and yet she herded deer! It was a worrying moment believe me!
For@nursebean and @coffeetime ...and anyone else who wants a giggle
Shouldnt laugh but its hard not to!
FENTONNNNNN! X x
Since my OH retired last year we have started walking between 5 and 8 miles at least 4 times a week, which we both enjoy and feeds my Fitbit addiction.
I also started Pilates once a week... Great for strengthening the core muscles and stretching. I can now do the Plank for 3 minutes....a major leap forward for a previously very very unfit lady. I'll be 70 next year....so aim to keep going as long as the ageing body stays all together !
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