KatieS wrote:I'm a 66 y/o woman, life-long high intensity aerobic exerciser gradually decreasing max heart rate with age. Currently I swim outside 2-3 times a week for ~50 minutes, spin class 2-3 times week and a 30 minute on the row machine or stepper for 42 minutes. Because of chronic arthritic knees, I can no longer run and my walks are slow, limited to 3-4 miles.
My 101 y/o mom still exercises three times a week. She is a testimony to the benefits of earlier in her life of constant moving, yoga, dance classes and walking dogs. She has me beat, as I'm only walking the cat a few blocks!
The rower provides great exercise if the knees are a little “ not so young”. 101 is amazing. My mom is 96. We walk her around her house using a walker each morning. After she broke her hip three years ago, I started getting her up on her feet and putting her in a bear hug for a few steps. This started as soon as she came home from the hospital while the surgery incisions were still fresh. Now I walk backwards holding her roller walker and her care giver comes along behind. I think the record number of laps is 14 to date.
It is a daily affirmation for the value of exercise, no matter the amount. On days when I feel a little “not so young” upon arising, the morning walk with mom propels me to the fitness center. And after the workout, I always feel better. Mom at 96, still inspiring me to be my best.