COMPREHENSIVE 50+ PHYSICAL, NUTRITIONAL AND EMOTIONAL FITNESS THREAD
I don't know if this thread is going to go anywhere, but I thought I would give it a shot. We have discussed a lot of these items in the past in a variety of threads, so I thought I would put it all together into one. If it doesn't work, it is just one more hiccough on an internet cable. If folks are interested, it may be worthwhile. So, here goes!
Your comments, thoughts, reactions welcomed and encouraged.
Over the past few years, my emphasis has changed from bicycling or bicycling and weight lifting, to a more comprehensive perspective of "fitness."
In the physical area, I have now developed a program consisting of the following:
Bicycling outside whenever possible
Stretching after warmups
Power Walking (I really can't run anymore, nor do I want to)
Weight lifting and muscle conditioning
Spinning (in winter)
Here is a course being offered at our rec center I will be taking starting in January
Mens Power Hour
Attention all men: Are you looking for a break from the old weight room routine that you’ve been using for awhile? This class is a challenging, intense hour geared just for you! With hurdles, plyometrics, ladders, medicine balls and more, look to improve your strength, power, endurance, speed and agility. Get a total body workout before the sun even comes up! This is a FREE class that starts Wednesday, January 7, 2009!
Also on the "physcial" side - Blood Pressure is great, Cholesterol is great, PSA great. My weight is not perfect, but not too bad - most is muscle.
On the "Emotional" side, I have developed a cadre of friends - especially in our singing group - which provides a nice "support" system, and the singing itself is a nice emotional support. We still attend our church, and are in a couple of choirs. However, right now the church is going through some difficult personality issues re: the head minister vs about 100 folks in the church, which makes things a bit unpleasant. Also, I have my two sons and wife providing family connections and support. On the negative, my wife is going through some physical problems associated with aging, and her music group disappeared in an unfriendly way and she is feeling the loss. I try to support her as best as I can. She also has professional help from time-to-time.
On the Nutritional Side, we are trying to eat much better, but, still, my sweet tooth is my downfall. We keep our fats limited, eat whole grains, that kind of thing.
I will never be one to carefully count vitamins, minerals, etc. Doesn't fit my personality style at all.
Somethings I think are missing?
Some sort of Pilates or similar training
Stop eating ice cream - yum!
And I am sure other things.
Yoga - NEVER for me. My body is simply NOT a Yoga body. Hate it.
So, what about you?
Any interest in a discussion about overall fitness for 50+'rs?
Is this important to you?
Do you think about it much?
I am interested in seeing if there are any responses, and, if so, of their content.
And, if no one reads it or responds, it was useful to me just as a planning tool to write this post.