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    Age and Exercise

    My wife is 78 and I shall 80 years old in a couple of months.
    I had fairly physical work until I was 72 (sign fitting) and retired at 77.
    We completed a course of sitting Pilates recently and want to go on to something a little more demanding but within our capabilities.
    Can you recommend a program of exercise suitable for elderly people.
    We have a Weider Abs Cruncher I bought many years ago but never really used very much and, a vibration plate bought recently to help with a circulation issue for my wife . It has never been used.

    We have both started experimenting with the Weider and would like a workout program to suit.
    Can you help?

    Bill Russell

    #2
    You could do Foundation light, or if that's to easy go for the Foundation program.
    The only things that really change with age is your recovery time (it takes longer) and thus it's better to avoid high impact exercises(jumping and the like), or go rather slow about them to make sure there won't be problems. Everything else is achievable, barring individual problems. I don't know how big and stable the vibration plate is, but standing on it, trying to hold balance could already be a good exercise. Make sure you can protect each other from falling though.

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      #3
      Many thanks Artemi!
      I shall look for both these programs on the site

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        #4
        Just bringing neilarey, Damer, and TheRaven's attention to the original post.

        Also, great job keeping up the exercise and work at your age.

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          #5
          There's some good yoga stuff on YouTube, Bruss, if you fancied trying that.

          I like a channel called Ekhart Yoga and they have a couple:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvZ65v6dypc Yoga for Seniors, and,

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eakHov-XGIc seated Yoga, although from what you say this might not be your cup of tea!

          I like Ekhart yoga just by accident - I find the presenters friendly and they're very well informed - but if you put "yoga for seniors" into the search box you would get many more choices!

          Tai chi is often recommended as exercise for older people, too. I've done some classes and I love it and do it via YouTube when I can these days.

          Good luck with your exercise journey, it's a great thing to do - I need to persuade my dad to do more! - and I hope you find something useful here at Darebee.

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            #6
            Bruss ... the Abs Cruncher may have been a poor buying decision, but their Body Works lets you do many many different exercises.
            But ... you will want to insure that your body is ready for it before you get started.
            As mentioned, the Foundation Program is a good start. Followed by any group of Workouts (there are 29 of them) featuring Yoga.
            If you feel you need to be more active, then go for the Body Works machine.
            From a youngster - a mere 72!

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              #7
              Welcome to the Hive Bruss!

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                #8
                You can replace high impact exercises by doing the basic version of them on an uneven underground (like replacing jumping squats by regular ones on a thick mat, pillow, "jumper"). That requires coordination, core strength and the ability to automatically adapt to changing body/joint positions. And that prevents falls and injuries from falls. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proprioception
                Otherwise you can try every workout and progam von Darebee that fits your level of fitness. Of course you can adapt any time if exercises are too hard or too easy.

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                  #9
                  Foundation Light program is a good place to begin - start at Level 1 - and modify everything if you need to.
                  https://darebee.com/programs/foundat...t-program.html

                  I'm amazed at how much I have improved since starting with that program about 4 months' ago. Admittedly, I'm a 'young thing' at 62 yrs old - but you are probably starting from a stronger, fitter place than I was.

                  Enjoy!

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                    #10
                    Welcome to the Hive duremars
                    Please answer me this:
                    Why would you revive a 4 year old thread with an answer to a user that has not been active here for the same 4 years?

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                      #11
                      Back in the 90's working in a warehouse we often did exercise challenges like one leg squatting holding out a leaf spring or pull-up from the toilet sprinkler pipes. Anyway this one guy sez he was getting an ab roller for Christmas, I sez why not just do sit-ups, he sez it would motivate him. After Christmas and a couple of months I asked how the ab roller was working, he sez "you know what, it's still in the box".

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