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Old 08-26-2014, 06:41 AM   #57
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When we started traveling Ginny was having knee problems, they seem to run in her family. Since we began traveling we each have lost at least 50 lbs, though Ginny;s loss is a 'state secret'. The knee problems seem to have disappeared for the most part, though she is still cautious. This means we keep the hikes to a few miles and she pops an ibprofen(sp) at the start of each hike.

I am now up to 75 reps on my exercise program. I have added modified push-ups to the routine of sit-ups, crunches, leg lifts and planks. Though I am not a star, my technique is sloppy and I have to break the 75 reps into parts, taking a few minute break between groups of 25. I am impressed how relatively quickly my 72 year old body adapted to the task at hand. I've been increasing the number by 5 a day, Ginny tells me that's too many. I suggest to her to start and increase by one rep a day. Maybe after this stretch of company she'll join me.

In some measure good health is within your grasp, I only wish I had started earlier.

I now plan to add a foot bar to the Scamp to act like the couch, holding my feet down for crunches and sit ups.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:36 AM   #58
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Came across this thread this AM and tried a basic plank.
OMG!
The only thing that I have been pushing lately is 74 and I could barely hold it for 30 seconds. Boy, am I out of condition. This will definitely be on my to-do list. Thanks for the intro
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:13 AM   #59
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Jim, 30 seconds is great. Ginny only does 30 seconds and has no re-occurrence of her hip/nerve problem. I am impressed with how well the body can respond.

I started with 30 seconds and gradually increased it.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:15 PM   #60
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I'm a believer of weight-proportionate-to-height. Doesn't matter how you get there... it's just that you do. I'm a walker. 10,000 steps a day, wear out or rust out. Calories in, calories out. I can be really bad sometimes, far from perfect. But I walk! No WiFi, batteries need... just GO!
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:15 AM   #61
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Donna,

Weight relative to height is very important, Body Mass Index, BMI. I agree that BMI is a good indicator of health and walking is a good way to get there.

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One thing we like about Florida in the winter is that it's conducive to walking, really true of RVing in general.
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:35 AM   #62
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As a young engineer I found that when in the mist of technical challenges I would frequently go to bed with a tough problem and wake, sometimes during the night , with solution. It's always puzzled me how our brains never seem to cease working. Once I discovered this I always went to bed thinking about my problems and with a pad and pen beside my bed.

I woke this morning with an insight, recognizing why I've been exercising, exercising something we all realize we should probably do. The answer was simple for me. My comparatively young niece and her teen daughter and son, doing their August AB challenge on my living room floor showed me it could be done.

When you know it can be done you can do it.

I've now added an adjunct to my routine, I take a short 'Tony' each day. Tony is an 82 year old man in our Escapee park. He exercises every morning for 15 minutes and than walks a couple of loops of the park. Every noon time he takes a 'Tony', a nap from 12:30 to 1:30.

Tony also has another 'daily', every afternoon at 4 PM he has a glass of wine on the patio, anyone may stop by and join him and his wife. I'm not sure that it's the wine or friendliness that bolsters his life, maybe both. Tony and his ever present wife are two of my everyday models.

Through life it can be worthwhile to challenge our fixed ways, obviously there's always room for growth and improvement.
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Biking and RVing went hand in hand with us.
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Biking and RVing went hand in hand with us.
I like biking as well. When in Florida I have a bike for buzzing around and better yet the swimming pool. Swimming is a great all body exercise.

In some measure it seems foolish to be focused on exercise at 72 but amazingly it's possible.

Wayne- Loving the Odyssey so far. The only negative is that it's huge, it's also a positive. Interestingly as wide as the Scamp.

Fall is upon us here, it's a season that for me has a calming influence. It also means it's time to get the Scamp road ready. Even Ginny's ready for the road.....

Safe biking.......
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:16 AM   #65
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Here's one for the bikers

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Parks & Recreation - Maricopa County

I recall that they have 59 miles of trails over some 40 sq uare miles.. Trails fall into different categories, bikes, hikes and horses. They also have a huge dirt bike course.

They have large serviced sites and a lot of scattered non service sites.

This is a great public campground, particularly for hikers and bikers.
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In some measure it seems foolish to be focused on exercise at 72 but amazingly it's possible....
Not at all foolish! When young, the body is more resilient and can adjust to a lack of exercise without the bad consequences being as dramatic or immediate. When older, lack of exercise can be devastating. Think of anyone you knew in their 80s or 90s who seemed reasonably fit and healthy, but who suffered an injury and became sedentary or even bedridden; I suspect that person only lived a relatively short time after the event. The sedentary body goes downhill more quickly when older.

I like to joke about sitting around and letting someone or something exercise for me, but truthfully I do a fair bit of rapid walking, bending, lifting, etc in my line of work. It's summer vacation that gets me out of shape, unless I go camping (where I love to walk the trails). Sooner or later I'll need to stop being lazy around the house during summer break, for my own good. (But I'm still a young sprout, at 56.)
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Old 09-19-2014, 03:58 PM   #67
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Taking a Tony

I earlier wrote about 'Tony' an Escapee friend who fulled time for 14 years. As a reminder Tony takes a nap every day after lunch.

I've found with my increased exercise routine I'm daily napping as well. I looked up the benefits of napping.

"One study followed 23,861 healthy men and women for 6 years found that those that napped at least three times a week had a 37% lower risk of dying from heart disease."

Tony should live forever.
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I earlier wrote about 'Tony' an Escapee friend who fulled time for 14 years. As a reminder Tony takes a nap every day after lunch.



I've found with my increased exercise routine I'm daily napping as well. I looked up the benefits of napping.



"One study followed 23,861 healthy men and women for 6 years found that those that napped at least three times a week had a 37% lower risk of dying from heart disease."



Tony should live forever.

I need to tell my boss about this Norman! Lol


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Old 09-19-2014, 06:37 PM   #69
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I'll look up napping and working. I bet there are studies on that as well.
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I'm still at it doing 50 reps of the old favorites plus gradually adding new exercises. I usually wake before Ginny and while lying in bed realized that I no longer wake up with a sore right hip which used to happen about a 1/3rd of the time. I don't know if it's disappeared because I'm exercising but possibly.

Ginny thinks I'm being obsessive about exercising, possibly so. Doing things like 25 push ups against the kitchen counter while waiting for the toast to pop up. Since I wake before Ginny and don't want to disturb her I'll do some side leg lifts in bed and 50 light planks trying to lift my butt off the bed by stiffening my body from heels to shoulders. Somehow it's all become fun and I'm not sure why.

I believe in this thread I and others wrote about Vitamin D. Yesterday I looked up Vitamin D and ADHD on the Internet. It turns out that most ADHD children have lower than normal Vitamin D levels. Is it a Cause or Effect?

Multiple studies show that ADHD levels are dramatically lower in the Southwest where the amount of sunlight is the highest. It definitely makes one wonder.

The Internet is a wonder, just loaded with stuff you don't know.
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