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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / I started working out again today. I'm sore already.

BbendFender
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Jul 9th, 2018 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Due to preparing to sell our house and the actual move, my wife and I have not been to the gym in well over 8 mo. Moving is not really a strong excuse but that's all I got about that.
Used to be in really good shape and felt great. Now, I'm lazy and could lay down and nap anytime of the day.
I hope I get back into shape real soon.

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Jul 9th, 2018 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

At our age, it's a constant battle: fitness is easier to lose and harder to gain back. Y'just have t'resign yourself to that reality and keep after it.

Having two dogs that need to walk a couple miles every day helps t'keep me from slacking off.

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Jul 9th, 2018 05:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

The absolute best thing to do it get into a workout routine. For instance, every day (or every other day, etc.), your workout starts at 7am and ends at 8am. Schedule the rest of your day around the workout time block.

That way you cannot kid yourself that there's something more pressing. We often make up hollow excuses to avoid stuff that's not easy or enjoyable.

But getting into shape and staying in shape makes everything else in life easier and more enjoyable.

Now you owe me TEN MORE pushups, private! :o)

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jul 9th, 2018 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

"We often make up hollow excuses to avoid stuff that's not easy or enjoyable. But getting into shape and staying in shape makes everything else in life easier and more enjoyable."
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Establishing that connection and keeping it firmly in mind while doing the "not easy or enjoyable" stuff is half the battle, IMHO: a motivating reminder, if you will.

It's my opinion that many of the physical problems common to us old guys can be at least partially mitigated by keeping our muscles toned. I have lower back problems that I can keep largely in check if I keep my upper back and abs in shape. My congenitally bad hips and worn out left knee seem to be helped by moderate walking bicycling or swimming (my running days are over: too high-impact). In my experience, keeping muscles toned helps prevent joint problems from worsening.

Obviously, if a person is really over-weight (for example) or has heart issues, it would be advisable to ease into an exercise program very gradually, probably after consulting their physician.

I'm not gonna go for maximum buff-out or try to bench press 250 pounds at this point. Just trying to stay reasonably fit an keep everything limber as long as possible.

Of course, the day will inevitably come when the whole house of cards comes tumbling down, but, 'til then...

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Jul 10th, 2018 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

++ on Peegoo's recommendation. For me, guilt is a great motivator.

I exercise one hour a day, 6 days a week.
I gave up on drive-to gyms years ago... too easy to find an excuse not to go ... instead I went with setting up equipment in my house (collapsible, store-able, except for the chin up bar I leave in one doorway.)

At 71 I'm not interesting in bulking up, just in maintaining some strength, flexibility, and endurance.

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Jul 10th, 2018 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

"At 71 I'm not interesting in bulking up, just in maintaining some strength, flexibility, and endurance."

Yep: it's really about maintaining some semblance of quality of life at this stage. I'm never gonna look like Ahnult.

Well...like Ahnult USED t'look...



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Jul 10th, 2018 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

It works the same way with food too: once you convince yourself that two pieces of bacon are better for you than six, you're well on your way to better health.

We have to fool our brains a bit because we humans are dopey animals.

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Jul 10th, 2018 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...........We have to fool our brains...."

Like when you just finished having a big lunch and your drive out of the lot takes you right through the olfactory blast of grill fired hamburgers wafting from the Burger King next door.

"Bad brain .. Bad! I just fed you! Go take a nap."

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Jul 10th, 2018 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

"It works the same way with food too: once you convince yourself that two pieces of bacon are better for you than six, you're well on your way to better health."



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