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  1. No offense here, but that was all rather windy. Staying in shape was easy until I hit my mid to late 50’s, I did it just buy living and doing my daily routine of work. Now in my 60’s various parts have quit working and metabolism has disappeared altogether. Arthritis, tendonitis, bad guts and I can’t see or hear good anymore. Running ain’t ever going to happen again. At this point, if I could get everything to quit hurting and work properly I’d be happy.

  2. Bravo- I think this is one of the best articles in the writing contest. It was very informative and easy to understand. As a 60 year old woman, it gives me the feeling that I can achieve a fitness level that is right for me, and doesn’t make me feel I have to compete in the training schedules of younger people. Many fitness sites say the exercise then the number of reps etc without considering who might be on the other side of the exercise. Again thank you for this information.

  3. Good article on general fitness.
    As I approach my geezerhood, I can look back at all the activities that benefited me: martial arts, gymnastics, weights at the gym, bike riding and just long walks. The most fun I ever had in my search for fitness, was in a high intensity DANCE aerobics class. That in spite of the fact I can’t tell an upbeat from a downbeat and rarely notice the beat keeps shifting. At none of them was I a world class athlete, but that wasn’t the purpose. The purpose was that I stayed out of the doctor’s office and hospital, could work long hours and bounce back to work more long hours, have fun with the family and as I got older, surprise more than a few younger people. Fitness is an individual goal and is only part of the trip, not a destination. Just remember to keep on keeping on.

  4. My 2nd response to this series of articles. Good job buddy. Ive taught exercise physiology at the college level and to many clients as well. You summed up everything very well. Basically if everyone would just be consistent in their activity level and diet. And use moderation in their exercise and diet they would be fine. Im also a nurse and I tell my clients and patients you can eat anything you want it just has to be small. That’s the biggest problem for most people I meet in recent years Its simple. They move their bod much less than we used to and they eat too much Calories in Calories out That formula hasn’t changed since the cave man

  5. The author raises a good point regarding running. Varying your cardio routine (elliptical, biking, walking,around etc.) also uses different muscles, rather than doing the same thing over and over. Running is actually one of the worst activities you can perform, due to the impact it places on joints. I’d also recommend getting a good set of footwear for whatever training regimen you select. Just not Nikes 🙂

  6. “I have seen people lose up to 30 pounds without trying, by eliminating alcohol from their diet.”

    I lost 30 lbs without trying just by increasing my protein intake. (everything after that, unfortunately, has required maximum sustained effort to make any progress at all.)

  7. Great article! I’m 49 and it took my lifetime to figure out everything you summarized here in these 4 articles. I wish I had read this when I was 18. Fortunately my son is now 19 and he’s just beginning to ask me for workout advice after he saw me “ripped” in an old photo. I’ll forward him these links to save him years of mistakes. As far as cross training, my dad ran almost daily his entire life. Now that he’s 71, his hip and knee both need replacement and he can barely walk. He finally admitted he thinks he made a mistake in running so much. My elderly neighbor agrees; he too can barely walk after years of long daily runs. And so did my grandfather before he died…he had to go to the doctor because he couldn’t stand up one day after sitting in his chair. The doc told grandad that his butt just had skin and bone and no muscle. That’s why he couldn’t stand up!

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