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#286661 - 10/07/17 07:25 PM Fitness over 60
Chisel Offline
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That is my question
Any remarks are welcome

However, I have a specific need for some suggestions for in-house gym stuff. It's a long story, but the juice of it is I don't want to go to a fitness club or walk outside. Never mind the reasons.

Are there any items or equipment that can help me exercise within my smallish man-cave ??? I need to do aerobic and other exercises in a limited space with small or no equipment. I do have a few small weights ..etc. And need suggestions for more equipment that is not electric (maintenance free , almost ) and can fold away in drawers or cabinets.

Suggestions are appreciated.
Oh, and any pdf materials online are welcome too.
Thanks

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#286662 - 10/07/17 07:26 PM Re: Fitness over 60 [Re: Chisel]
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I am over 60 and obese. Daibetic too.
But otherwise no major health issues.

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#286663 - 10/07/17 07:31 PM Re: Fitness over 60 [Re: Chisel]
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I have seen these kinds of fitness kits

Are they any good. I like them


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#286664 - 10/07/17 07:32 PM Re: Fitness over 60 [Re: Chisel]
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#286665 - 10/07/17 07:33 PM Re: Fitness over 60 [Re: Chisel]
Chisel Offline
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So you get the idea.

However, I don't know if any of these can simulate walking.

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#286666 - 10/07/17 08:30 PM Re: Fitness over 60 [Re: Chisel]
chaosmagnet Offline
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A treadmill is good if you have the room. There are folding aerobic stepper-type machines. Resistance bands by themselves really don't work well for aerobic exercise.

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#286667 - 10/07/17 08:51 PM Re: Fitness over 60 [Re: Chisel]
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This isn't exactly addressing your specific questions, but ...

I'm in my upper 50's and have been overweight my whole life, but in the last 10+ years it got very out of control. I'm 6' 5" (maybe shrinking in height a little), and I was approaching 400 lbs!!! I started into pre-diabetes and my hips and knees started complaining about the weight, so I decided I had to really do something about it.

Since August, 2016 I have lost almost 110 pounds by changing how I eat AND tracking what I eat. I tried to exercise by walking at the beginning, but the hips, knees, and feet simply hurt too much. The walking for exercise just wasn't working.

I used an Android app called "Value Diary", which uses a version of Weight Watchers (WW). It assigns you a daily number of allowed points based upon your height and weight. The reason I like WW is that it cuts carbohydrates and allows free (relatively unlimited) fruits & vegetables. It recognizes that low fat proteins are good for you. I stopped eating bread (mostly), pasta, rice (mostly), cereal, ... and I track EVERY bit of foot that I eat. If I can't find it in the database or can't enter the nutrition information, then I just find something close - I figured a worst case guess was better than not recording it. You just have to DO IT and be honest - DON'T CHEAT, YOU ONLY HURT YOURSELF!!

Oh, and my wife did the same thing. I just couldn't do this on my own. She wasn't nearly as heavy as me - smaller of course, but she lost 30+ pounds and is very happy about it - except for having to give up her beloved high calorie coffee creamer - the WW points didn't let her get by with that.

At first I ate some rice each day, but my doctor said it provided no real nutrition and was only empty carbs, so I stopped (mostly).

I also weigh myself every morning - keeping in mind that the weight will go up and down a bit on a daily basis - so I try to not let short-term increases upset me. Sometimes it still does, but hey.

I try to only eat eggs, lean meats - chicken, lean ham, lean pork chops, lean red meat, fish (I'm not a big fish eater), chicken or turkey sausage, ...

I found commercial reduced calorie frozen dinners to be too little food and not satisfying.

Breakfast used to be toast (2 slices) with peanut butter, or a big bowl of cereal. Now I scramble two eggs in a bowl (using Pam), cook it in a microwave, toast one slice of whole-wheat bread, put a slice of low-fat cheese on top of the toast, and lay the cooked egg on top. That and a glass of skim milk.

Lunch is typically a salad (at work) with some hard boiled egg and chicken slices (veggies unlimited), and non or low fat dressing. I find some parmesan cheese sprinkled on add a lot of flavor - and lots of fresh ground pepper, when available. When eating out I try to go to Subway for a turkey sandwich with no sauces, or Taco Bell for tacos with Fresco sauce (no cheese). I haven't eaten a burger or pasta since I started.

Dinner is usually a salad, fruit, a hot veggie, and a lean meat, with skim milk. I found that veggie pizza is tolerable if I am careful the rest of the day. No fried foods (except meat in a little oil - but not deep fried or breaded, if you know what I mean).

I eat a snack - usually a granola bar (watch the points!!) at 10am & 2-3am, trying to avoid getting too hungry. I tried eating nuts, but they were high in points and my gut doesn't seem to like them much. Oh, and I have a WW fudge bar at night - it's about the same points as a granola bar.

Now, a smaller person may need to avoid some of my foods - they are allowed fewer daily points. It could be done by skipping the breakfast cheese and bread, skipping the egg or chicken with lunch, and looking for lower point snacks - maybe veggies.

I would strongly strongly recommend changing how you eat. It can make ALL the difference.

These days I can walk a lot farther and do a lot more without the pain. So now I am walking more - parking far away from wherever, walking up and down parking ramps, taking dogs for walks, etc. I still have more to lose, but getting there.

Ken

P.S. I think walking is really the best exercise you can do if weight is an issue. You just can't get enough exercise inside - except maybe using a treadmill, but if you're obese it will be very tough going. My solution was to loose weight first, and then start walking more.

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#286668 - 10/07/17 08:52 PM Re: Fitness over 60 [Re: chaosmagnet]
Chisel Offline
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My home office (man cave) is rather small

I was thinking to attach resistance bands between hands and feet and "walk" in place.
Maybe you are right though.
I just saved a few You tube videos for senior workouts.
Maybe I can grab a few ideas for my situation.

Thanks

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#286669 - 10/07/17 08:59 PM Re: Fitness over 60 [Re: Chisel]
haertig Offline
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Do you have stairs in your house? Repeating a couple of trips up and down those is free, and takes up zero space. No fair hauling yourself up by the handrails (as I do!)

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#286670 - 10/07/17 09:06 PM Re: Fitness over 60 [Re: Chisel]
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Strength training is very important at any age but especially as we get older. Maybe a set of kettlebells and a small selection of free weights? KenK makes great suggestions too.
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