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    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 30th Nov 18, 12:53 PM
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    trailingspouse
    Older and fitter
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    • 30th Nov 18, 12:53 PM
    Older and fitter 30th Nov 18 at 12:53 PM
    I've always done 'something' to keep fit (Pilates classes, yoga, walking), but 6 months ago joined a gym that really ticks all my boxes. I go three times a week, the trainer makes sure everyone's technique is good, suggests easier versions if you're struggling, but - and this is key - encourages/insists that you move up a level if you're able to.


    This is what I needed!! No-one had ever told me before that I could lift more than the small pink 'girly' weights, and no-one had ever shown me how to do a proper press-up, or stood ready to catch me when I tried my first full-height box jump.


    When I first joined the gym I was fit 'for my age' but I couldn't stand up to use the exercise bike, I couldn't (daren't) do a full-height box jump, I couldn't do a burpee, my running speed was pitiful, I couldn't do a plank... I could go on.


    Now - well, I can do all of the above, and more. I can do 10 burpees in a row. My warm-up jogging is the speed that I was running flat-out at 6 months ago. And I can do a proper press-up, from the toes not the knees.


    Some stats - I'm female, aged 58, resting heart rate of 72, max heart rate of 186 (for my age it should be 174), height 5'8", weight 9st 5lbs, BMI about 21. I haven't lost any weight - but I didn't need to or want to. I am however fitter and stronger than I've ever been, probably since my teens.



    I've posted this for two reasons - one to show anyone who is a bit older and who's thinking about getting serious about getting fit that it can be done. And secondly to see if there's anyone else out there who's already doing it, so we could give a bit of mutual support.

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    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 10th Jan 19, 10:57 AM
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    Oo, exciting times. Remember I won a sports bra in the pre-Christmas competition at the gym? Well, they arrived today. And it turns out there was a bigger choice than we'd realised - T-shirt, sports bra, or watch! (And yes fred, I totally agree that still means the women have a choice of 3 things and the men only have a choice of 2).



    Having looked at the bras, and looked at what they'll *ahem* have to deal with, I decided to go for the watch. It talks to the heart-rate monitor, so you can see what your stats are even if you're wearing the monitor away from the gym - I think it'll come in handy if I do some of the other things I'm thinking of doing (I'm toying with the idea of doing our local parkrun...). I'm not good with tech so I need to sit down and work out exactly what it will do - does anyone still use a watch just for telling the time??
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 10th Jan 19, 1:23 PM
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    does anyone still use a watch just for telling the time??
    Originally posted by trailingspouse
    Yes, me! That's all mine does.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. - Mark Twain
    • Souffle59
    • By Souffle59 10th Jan 19, 2:13 PM
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    Thanks TRAILINGSPOUSE that's all good advice, I went to the pre op physio appointment today and they said exactly the same as you! My intention is to start of with little walks locally and build up slowly from there. Luckily we have loads of nice places to walk, being by the sea! I have a few sitting down jobs lined up like sorting through and putting in albums a lifetimes worth of photos, starting knitting again, sorting out my address book (taking out all the deceased people - it always depresses me every Xmas!) and I am a distance learning tutor so that always keeps me busy. It's a bit scary as not had a big op before but looking forward to feeling better in the future.
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 10th Jan 19, 11:14 PM
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    Hope it all goes well for you Souffle. When's the op?
    When I had my hysterectomy 5 years ago, I had to walk every day, but for a variety of reasons I wasn't able to go out for the first week that I was back home - so I just walked in the house!! From the bedroom, into the spare bedroom, then into the bathroom, back to my bedroom, and repeat, for 10 minutes, twice a day. Then when I was well enough to go downstairs and outside I literally just walked to the end of our street (it's not a very long street) and back again. Then each day I walked a little further. Once I was walking 15 minutes up hill and 15 minutes back again, I decided I was better!
    All the very best.
    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 11th Jan 19, 9:42 AM
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    Ilona
    Hello
    I'm new to the forums, first post
    I'm 59 and about to undergo a major operation which means I will be out of action for 12 weeks! I am finding this hard to deal with as I like to be active, and am trying to keep positive with ideas for how I can get my fitness back afterwards. This last year has been ok but I haven't been able to go to the gym or walk as much as I like due to my condition, although I have 'kept dancing'! My husband and I dance Argentine Tango, which we love, and I can still manage, although I won't be able to dance for the 12 weeks so feeling pretty miserable about that
    I'm off to hospital tomorrow to find out what physio I will need to do following the operation, and I have been told I will be able to walk short distances at first and gradually build back up again.
    Originally posted by Souffle59
    Hi. I had a hysterectomy at 59, they cut me from belly button to pubes because they wanted to remove the massive cyst in one piece. I think 12 weeks to recover is the norm. I was shocked when I got the diagnosis and told it's best to take the whole lot away, I'm hardly ever ill, couldn't understand how it happened.

    My sister stayed with me for five days after the op to help me, then I was on my own, apart from one or two friends popping in to ask if they could help, and someone pushing me around the supermarket in a wheel chair.

    I very foolishly thought I was ok to mow the lawn, after all it's only walking up and down pushing the electric mower. I was ok on the day I did it, but felt rotten the day after. Very slow movements and gentle pottering around the house is best until gradually you gain your strength back.

    Ten years later I am fine. Walking a lot, 1000 miles in a year, now on my fourth year. You will be fine, listen to the advice from doctors and medical people, and follow it.

    ilona
    I love skip diving.
    • cupkate
    • By cupkate 12th Jan 19, 11:55 AM
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    Hi Trailingspouse, thanks for starting this thread.
    I am very overweight and in mid 50s. Still working full time in a sedentary job. Like you, I also suffered from back and hip pain. Ironically, hip pain came from injury on an exercise bike which led to the increase in weight!
    However, after struggling to get out of bed in the mornings because of pain and stiffness, I joined the gym, which has a swimming pool. I couldn't swim a full length without stopping half way at the beginning but now manage up to 10 lengths. Back and hip pains have all but gone. (Although I feel it creeping back if I sit for too long)
    Have also progressed to using gym equipment and lost 7 kg. Been too shy/scared to try exercise classes up till now. Reading this thread has inspired me to book a spot at a body pump class today. Fingers crossed I don't keel over!
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 12th Jan 19, 3:08 PM
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    That's just wonderful cupkate. Come back and let us know how you get on!! Just remember - if everyone was fit and skinny all the gyms and exercise classes would go out of business, so go for it!! You'll be as stiff as a board tomorrow, but don't let that put you off. Pain is just unfitness leaving the body...



    It's amazing (although maybe we shouldn't be too surprised) that doing a bit of exercise helps with all our aches and pains. I guess it makes sense that if we're using our bodies the way they were designed to be used, everything just works better. And the pain after exercise is completely different from the pain due to sitting for too long!!
    • EdSwippet
    • By EdSwippet 12th Jan 19, 6:03 PM
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    Reading this thread has inspired me to book a spot at a body pump class today. Fingers crossed I don't keel over!
    Originally posted by cupkate
    Good for you!

    If this is your first, don't be put off by the fact that you don't know the moves, don't know how much weight is appropriate for each track -- you'll find you used too much in some, and perhaps too little in others! -- can't always find the rhythm, generally feel like a fish out of water, and then still maybe ache like hell for a couple of days afterwards.

    All of these happened to me in my first couple of body pump classes. After the first, I couldn't even get a fork to my mouth that evening without my arm muscles complaining, and I grunted going up and down stairs for two days afterwards. But ... all of this recedes once you get in a bit of practice, provided you stick with it. After about three sessions the moves start to make sense, and then you can concentrate on form rather than just trying to remember what the heck an 'upright row' is, and on finding the right weights for you. Don't compete with others in the class; everybody is different, and you have to work to your own pace.

    In the past two years I have gone from 'never set foot in a gym' to going eight times a week. I've even started to welcome some of the aches from exercise. Those are muscle building up. I just wish I had realised all of this earlier on in life. :-)
    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 12th Jan 19, 6:25 PM
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    My exercise of choice, I never get bored with it. Seven miles along Flamborough Head on Thursday. Fabulous scenery.



    ilona
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    I love skip diving.
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 13th Jan 19, 10:36 PM
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    That looks wonderful Ilona - I haven't visited that neck of the woods in ages. You've got me thinking!!


    Ed - '...grunted going up and downstairs for two days...' made me giggle. It's so true! I dragged my step-daughter to the gym yesterday. She's as fit as a lop (used to be a football coach), but has a 7-month-old baby so has been out of action for a while. Apart from a few gentle 'young mum' exercise classes, she hasn't done any serious cardio or functional work since Before Baby. She was very sensible, used the smallest weights and didn't push herself too hard. Nevertheless, she swore at me this morning...
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 13th Jan 19, 11:07 PM
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    That looks wonderful Ilona - I haven't visited that neck of the woods in ages. You've got me thinking!!
    Originally posted by trailingspouse
    Where did she go? I hope she hasn't slipped off the edge.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. - Mark Twain
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 14th Jan 19, 4:54 PM
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    Gloomendoom - it's Flamborough Head, in East Yorkshire. And there's a lot of edge to slip off of.



    ILONA!!!!
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 14th Jan 19, 9:05 PM
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    I am 56 years old and I have an enlarged heart, Osteoarthritis in both knees, Rhuematoid Arthritis, Lupus Arthritis, High Blood Pressure and Pompholyx Eczema. I am obese. I am trying to lose weight and am doing so slowly. I am trying to incorporate more exercise into my daily routine, but I could never see myself doing classes in a gym as I have tried them in the past and they were not effective for me as I was too self conscious.

    I will continue to learn from all of you inspiring women who have changed their bodies and in doing so their personal health outcomes.

    My goal for this year is to lower my blood pressure until it is in a normal range for me.
    • fred246
    • By fred246 14th Jan 19, 9:36 PM
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    I am not an inspiring woman.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 14th Jan 19, 11:37 PM
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    I am not an inspiring woman.
    Originally posted by fred246
    Perhaps you just aren't trying hard enough.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. - Mark Twain
    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 15th Jan 19, 9:01 AM
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    Ok so this week I am looking at doing 4 classes at the gym.

    Considering I usually do only one......sometimes two......this is a bit of a challenge for me.

    First one done last night. A step class which I really enjoyed.

    Will be doing body balance on Thursday morning, Yin Yang yoga on Friday morning and a different step class on Sunday.

    If I can do this........I am hoping to keep this up all year. Now need to go to boring work.
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    Walk 2018 miles in 2018...1939.71 miles
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    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 15th Jan 19, 9:10 AM
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    Thanks sugarbaby125, I'm chuffed to bits that you find us inspiring!!


    For the removal of doubt, I've aimed this thread at older people - all colours of the rainbow are welcome! But fred246, you do understand that any mention of 'woman' falls under - 'all references to gender shall include both genders and the neuter'...


    I'm really sorry sugar that you find you're self-conscious when you go to a gym. Believe me when I say that half the people there, if they notice your size at all, will be thinking 'I remember when I was that size', not in a nasty way, but just because. But the bottom line is that you have to find the thing (or things) that work for you. Never give up!! Ilona (unless she really has fallen off a cliff...) will be along in a bit to sing the praises of walking. I prefer the 'quick fix' of the gym, some people swear by swimming, or dancing, or jogging, or yoga, or zumba, or ... etc etc. The main thing is to Just Do It, whatever it happens to be. Let us know how you go on!


    Kantankrus - I may need a lie down after reading your post!! It sounds brilliant. Shame work has to get in the way!
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    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 15th Jan 19, 6:46 PM
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    Thanks sugarbaby125, I'm chuffed to bits that you find us inspiring!!



    Kantankrus - I may need a lie down after reading your post!! It sounds brilliant. Shame work has to get in the way!
    Originally posted by trailingspouse
    Ha ha I havent actually done it yet! I have been a gym member for ages but mainly concentrating on yoga type things but realise my heart needs a bit of a workout too. I find a step class gets my brain working as well, as the routines can be tricky to master to start with but I really enjoy it.

    Another bonus is I sleep really well when I get more exercise.
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    Walk 2018 miles in 2018...1939.71 miles
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    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 16th Jan 19, 12:00 PM
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    I am off to my 2nd of 3 free trials at the local running club tonight. I am very slow and my technique is terrible which I think has been the reason I have developed a few injuries trying to run in the past. I am hoping that they will be able to guide me. Life is very busy and I think running is the easiest form of exercise to slot in as-and-when.
    I asked for another spa/gym membership for Christmas. The spa visits are nice as it is the only decent pool (several pools in fact) in the area but the main aim behind the package is that it allows me to go to the big gym onsite as a PAYG member. I said this last year but never went. This year is going to be different.
    DD takes up quite a lot of my spare time as she needs driving to lots of different activities (evening and weekend) but she starts driving lessons next month so I am hoping for liberation by the summer.
    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 16th Jan 19, 7:53 PM
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    Heres to liberation MallyGirl

    Keep up the running. It can only get better.
    [COLOR="Red"]Make 10 a day challenge 2019 Jan 155.88
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    Walk 2018 miles in 2018...1939.71 miles
    Walk 2019 miles in 2019.....89.24 miles
    Mortgage...47,07046,09245,626.44,182,43,721,41,828
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