Exercise at My age???

I had to join in on this Health Hub Mob thing...I mean after all we are all not in our 20's or 30's or even 40's...like me I am 68 and fat and sassy and loving life as it is for me today..."100 years goes by faster then you think" ....a song by Kenny Chessney

Oh I have my health problems..Diabetes, arthritis, knee problems and of course overweight for my age...but I am in good health???lol Well I did almost die a few months back...but this event has changed my outlook on living and caring and EXERCISING.....so let me tell you a short story....(oops be right back have a doctor appt.) Was a foot doctor appt. is very important to have a pedicure every 2 months when you have diabetes...

So back to my story...after my near death experience and what my family went through I came to the realization exercise was of the utmost importance.....I needed to stay in a nursing home for 2 weeks to gather my thoughts, my strength and realize I needed to get into a better exercise mode.

The rehab they did there was intense and I did exercises on a machine called Nustep...you sit down to do this, and since my knees are so bad I really can't walk and it is very painful....but on this machine it is like walking and jogging...it keeps track of your heart rate, the calories you burn, how many steps you take and how many per minute. I has a tension setting from one to ten for difficulty in your workout. I began at 1 and am now up to 6 for 40 minutes a day at one time.

You can use just the foot work alone or the arm work alone or both at the same time. You can walk as fast as you want or as slow as you want. For as long as you want...and all the while watching t.v. or listening to music or praying. It is not too big of a machine, but does cost around 2,000. but heck I deserve it and so out came the charge card...It has wheels on one end so you can move it..(but is heavy) They set it up for you when it arrives and this is the only machine the company makes....

Anyway I love it...I am now getting a good work out and even workout with 3 lb. weights...because the more you do the better you feel. My heart rate is good and this machine keeps me breathing hard and even work up a sweat....there are others out there...I just prefered this one..sturdy and adjustable and easily done too.

I guess my point is "where there's a will..there is a way" and at any age it is wise to exercise..you just need to find what works best for you and go for it....:o) Hugs

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wandererh 8 years ago from Singapore

You put me to shame and I am more than 20 years younger than you. Gonna have to start exercising regularly. :)


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

aww that's good news then....Is important to exercise...thanks for the fast comment my dear..and have a healthy, wonderful day...G-Ma :o) hugs


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

LOL, exercise at my age?  I like the free exercise best like walking!  When I don't have a lot of time I make up for it by jogging!  I walked 3 miles around the Lake today then later ate too many chunks of chocolate.  I guess I'll be out walking again tomorrow!  Happy Hugmobbing G-Ma!


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

As I would often say "you are just a young chicken." Promise you will twice as much to morrow.

Thank you for the idea


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

I´m so glad to know you´re doing it and I´m sure this hub it´s an example for many people out there. Never give up my darling, you´ll be fit in no time and walking will never be painful again ;)

Big HUGmob and kisses :D


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topstuff 8 years ago

Take care G ma


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Dottie1 I agree about the FREE walking but for me is way too painful...this way I make sure to do what I need to...plus when I remember the cost..woweee makes me want to do it more....Thanks for your comment...G-Ma Hugs


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Oh Mr.M.... flattery will get you everywhere..Thank you for being so kind...and I keep trying to bring my time up as well as the difficulty of it..G-Ma :o) hugs


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

My ever sweet Funride...Thank You hun for so nice a comment and yes was hoping it might encourage others...but you have to want to do it for yourself in order for it to work...as I have found out...Dear Man how are you doing?? In my prayers everyday...and Kisses back to you....G-Ma :o) hugs


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Topstuff...Yes my dear am trying to do so LOL..Thank you for your comment..always like to hear from you...G-Ma :o) hugs


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Lazur 8 years ago from Netherlands

Working at a rehab and exersizing at a rehab myself now..It's hard. You do great G-Ma *hugs*


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Ma,

I never liked walking, the car was made to drive. So I did it.

Val made walk five years ago, so one hour per day for 6 days a week. In the summer down at beach walking in the water one way on the wet sand coming back

Man am I getting thin. Good idea really


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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Use it or loose it! It is so important to take good care of yourself - then you can help those around you.

Hope you are well on the road to recovery, and ready to get even better.


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Lazur...sorry to hear that hun..I broke my shoulder a few yrs ago and i know how much it hurts...but pays off too. Good luck sweetie..My Prayers to you..G-Ma :o) hugs


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Mr.M...yes walking on the beach is a great way to get in shape...used to do it but now my cane sinks in and isn't much help..hee hee  lol..so I will stick to my machine...Thanks for the comment and my love to you both there.   G-Ma :o) hugs


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

2patricias...Thanks for the comments my dear...and is so true...like anything you use it or you loose it...but I use my machine dailey and it is a good workout for me...And I do feel a whole bunch better... Bless you....G-Ma :o) hugs


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efeglo 8 years ago from Nigeria

You too mama, you are just great, was too late to see ur nice hubs. Good to have u here mama.


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Lisa HW 8 years ago from Massachusetts

G-Ma, this is a nice hub and reminder to people that, as you say, "where there's a will there's a way".

People now know how vitally important a good exercise program is. I have close family members and friends who have suffered with diabetes and arthritis together, and there's no doubt about it - finding a way to exercise is a real challenge for people with such health problems. I suspect your post will be inspiring to a lot of people. :)


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

efeglo thank you dear and same to you...G-Ma :o) hugs


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Lisa HW..Thank you dear and yes I hope it may help some people realize even with illness we can exercise...Is good for the heart and the circulation...and the mind..Bless you mydear...G-Ma :o) hugs


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NYLady 8 years ago from White Plains, NY

Good luck! Great hub with some great advice for anyone else out there who might be struggling with exercise. I have belonged to the same gym now for almost 20 years and I always tell people that I will pay the annual fees forever because the place has literally saved my life. It has kept me healthy through thick and thin, no matter what. Without it, I would be 20 pounds heavier and my health would be heading downhill. I think you're on the right road, just to feeling better!


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

NYLady...thank you for your comment...you are new to me and do appreciate your taking time....And congrat's to you for 20 yrs...of this  as I have just begun 3 months or so ago with this routine...although had been using the 3 lb. weights for some time now.  no weight lose yet but inches..,Feeling good is great...G-Ma:o) hugs


Merilyn 8 years ago

Thanks G'Ma. We got going this week too. Running round our basement! On with the crazy music, on with the heart monitor, and off playing follow the leader with DH leading. Mr. 10 caught us at it when he should have been sleeping last night and joined in the fun. INterval workouts - no fancy equipment, just our feet! Laughed and laughed.

So good on you, keep it up. Get stronger and stay around longer!


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Home 'n Biz Blend 8 years ago from Yarrawonga Park

Hey, I realised you wouldn't know who Merilyn was so logged in!

Tis me G'ma. You've a beaut attitude...


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Wonderful..see we each have our own way..just as long as we keep it up..which reminds me I need to go do mine :O) Thank you for you sweet words and keep dancing...is fun together hey? G-Ma :o) hugs


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Die'Dre' 8 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

You go, girl (if I may be so casual). I'm living with RA and I too am learning how to exercise and strengthen. It's a hoot! Good for you. Glad you didn't die. Obviously, you work is not done here.


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

well thank you sweetie..is good to hear from you and so sorry but you'll make it work..God Bless... yes I need to care for mom..am sure of that...G-Ma :o) hugs


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Your story is pure inspiration for people of all ages. I would love a machine like that if I could afford the price, and I like that it is non-impact. Walking is okay for me, but sometimes I would like to work out at home. Maybe someday I will be able to invest in a machine like this.


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Well sweetie there comes a time when you will, and feel you are worth it like I did...It was a big decision to buy that machine but if I didn't I wouldn't exercise and after what I pulled through ,I owed it to my self, but even more to my children and their children....just for what I put them through...was not fun ...And God gave me another chance sooo...I bought it...Thank you for your nice comment..G-Ma :o) hugs


Ananta65 8 years ago

Good for you, G-Ma. It's not easy making into a discipline to excersize frequently. Stay healthy *hug*


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Well Thank you my dear..and isn't too hard once you get going..Started at 10 min. and just added more each week or two till am now at 40 a day....the point is I feel good...and you? do you exercise???...G-Ma :o) hugs


Ananta65 8 years ago

Not enough, but the good part is that I am healthy, feel good and slender :)


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

G-Ma, a million thumbs up for you! My mom exercises and gets her regular pedicures, too. In fact, my mom is a rabid dog about exercise. She goes to her senior center twice a week for an exercise program designed for folks her age (can't tell you how old she is...she'd kill me if I did).

Your comment about "...what my family went through" really rang a bell. My mom was in rehab for many weeks, because of a car accident and complications, and she doesn't want her family to go through that with her again. She's keeping herself in top form. Need I say that this is also about independence? She doesn't want to lose it, and doesn't want her family to deal with the consequences if she does.

I salute you! Go for it, girl!

Your fan, Sally


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Ananta....Good for you my friend...am glad to hear that! !and thanks for answering  G-Ma :o) hugs

SALLY my sweetie...Thank you...and I see we (your mom) and I are in the  same boat...good to know I have company...and us mom's always want things to be right for our children...it is just who we are...Glad she is better and doing her work outs...which I am about to do  right now ! !  G-Ma :o) hugs


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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

Hi G-Ma. It is really great you try to keep yourself in shape - and sure it can be done in any age, one just need a will, the way comes :) Hugs! :)


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Hi Hun...haven't heard from you in a while...everything going good? I read your comments and many articles just don't comment too much above my head for me LOL..Just finished my workout for this day..and it does feel good...Gets this old heart a pumping and the lungs expanding I even burned up 120 calories today..yesss..Thanks my dear Man for stopping by and encouraging me ..Love it...G-Ma :o) hugs


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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

I am fine G-Ma, thanks. :)

And I'm glad you are, too :) Hugs :)


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

G-ma, keep it up, I'm sure you will be younger by the day. Exercise truly adds hours and days even year to our life. You inspire me! good going! =)


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

mariesue...Thank you angel for your comment and encouragement...I have found out it is so important...no matter what your age is to exercise no matter how little or how much...just get that heart pumping...G-Ma :o) hugs


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi G-Ma, it's wonderful to know you are "on the move." Physical inactivity will make our muscles pretty tired sooner than we realize. Dayzeebee and I are going biking nowadays. We used to walk and hike. But I still do some yoga, belly dancing or swimming every so often to spice up the routine. Keep up the great workout! :)


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

It is wise to exercise. :)


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

ripplemaker...thank you my dear and yes is good for me to do this...I feel better all the time..belly dancing whoooohooo...G-Ma :o) hugs

Bob..thank you for your comment...yes I have learned ...G-Ma :o) hugs


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debby28 7 years ago from WASHINGTON

Where I live there is an exercise class on that is call some thing live sit and be fit maybe there is a program like that on your TV. But I think you are doing a fine job, hope I can exercise at 68. Great Hub as always.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Debby thank you sweetie..and am sure you will just keep healthy as you can now though..don't wait..time goes by faster then we think...G-Ma :o) hugs


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minnow 7 years ago from Seattle

Hi G-ma. I think it's really great that you're working out and I'm impressed by the three pound weights. Exercise is helpful with diabetes and not only do you feel good, you look good! Keep it up! Minnow


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Nice to meet you my dear and Thank you for your nice comment....It is a good thing to  exercise  and yes I do feel better when I do it...lately with so much going on I have missed a few days here and there and I can tell...even tho am running around it is not the same....Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR...G-Ma :o) Hugs


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

hope your exercise programme is going well. My mother is 61, and fitter than most people half her age. She swims, cycles, and walks a lot.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Well thank you dear and yes I keep up my routine though I have bad knees and am a slow walker I do get around...G-Ma :o) hugs & Peace


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

good for you for sticking to it!


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I know you can still throw a few karate kicks when you have to...


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Ha Ha maybe , maybe not...seems you have some free time now hey? reading my old hubs...you are a sweet man...and a tired one I suppose...we do silly things when tired...Thanks G-Ma :O) Hugs & Prayers


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

At 62 I seem to be in fairly good condition. In the winter I get a lot of excercise cutting, hauling, splitting and stacking firewood. It's our only source of heat.

In the warmer weather I usually do a routine 5 days a week. Because of my wife's disablility we have a Precor eliptical stepper. It provides a tremendous cardiovascular workout with virtually zero impact on the knees and spine. I generally spend an hour on that at a moderate resistance level followed by at least one hundred crunches and as many pushups as I can manage. We also have a Bowflex unit but it currently languishes at my fathers home in Texas. Once I'm able to get it back here I'll start using it again as well.

I guess being a laborer all my life has had some positive impact on my fitness. Most of the work I've done was physically demanding. Then, just by chance, when I hit forty I became addicted to body building. I just about lived in the gym for several years. I suppose that also has had a positive impact.

Remaining physically and mentally active is crucial to ones well being. The ancient Romans knew; sond body, sound mind. Too bad they didn't apply such common sense to their politics.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

CWB...once again you are so right,sound body sound mind...but you need to also challenge the mind...You are very active and that is good...sorry to hear about the wife but know you take good care of her...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Prayers


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

Love is a powerful medicine G-Ma. It's been known to work miracles. We do what we can.


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vaidy19 7 years ago from Chennai, India

Hi,

Long long time indeed! I am happy to know that you are doing well, and working out, to boot. Well, let me say 'Join the Club'. I work out, too, have been for a long time. But in the last 3 years, I have been at it in a more disciplined fashion. I manage to work out about 40 minutes or so, Monday through Friday. Longer than that can be boring. But I agree with you that it does a lot of good to you, physically and psychologically. Weekends turn out to be more fun.

I wish you more and more fun and superb health so that you continue spreading love and affection all around for ever.

Hugs

Vaidy


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Vaidy 19  Here you are again...so where you been my friend?  On another journey of your's...Missed you...and yes is good to work out at any age...for me...is to keep healthy so i can care for my mom...and of course me...glad you are back sweetie...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

swimming is great for the older person, you just lose the pull of gravity and can get a nice workout without stress on your joints


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

well this is true..but I hate the smell of the chlorine and being wet every other night..sorry..i have chosen the Nu -step machine and it works well for me..thanks for the comment...:O) hugs


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lafenty 7 years ago from California

I have a bad back, so have found it hard to find exercise that I can do, but have just started going to the gym at my apartments with my daughter. The incline bike seems to work well for me. So, maybe I will be able to lose what I've put on since I lost my back. Thanks for the hub and the encouragement. You're an inspriration.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

lafenty...I know that feeling...though I haven't really lost I feel better and am in better shape mentally...:O) thanks for commenting and good luck...Hugs G-Ma

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