To Age Well, Walk

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    May 28, 2014 12:26 AM GMT
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    NYT: Regular exercise reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to a relatively large, long-running study.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/to-age-well-walk/?ref=science
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    May 28, 2014 4:12 AM GMT
    I was just thinking about that today as I was riding my bike. I kept trying to stay on sidewalks as much as possible, cause I hate "narrow shoulders" (aka: bike lanes). Every few blocks the sidewalk would abruptly stop, then pick up again in a few more blocks. It's like this is in every city I've ridden.

    The road systems have created a very anti-walking environment for most places in the US. It's easy to say "well just go walk where you can for exercise" but that's not practical. It would be way more practical to have safe pedestrian paths to stores, shopping centers, workplaces, etc. Then at least there would be one less excuse for those who choose not to walk.

    In fact, I feel much safer on a bicycle than walking. At least it's fast and nimble enough to get out of the way of stupid drivers.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 28, 2014 11:29 AM GMT
    The kind of information that should be "front and center" when someone considers an exercise program, especially an older person. Exercise isn't just a benefit for today, but it is an investment for your future.... it isn't just "money" anymore....
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    May 28, 2014 2:03 PM GMT
    The company I work for has a spring - fall "walk the lunch". The corporate campus is large and they active encourage people to walk the trails around the office during lunch. I have found it was a great way to talk to co-workers about work or just our daily lives...
  • Bunjamon

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    May 28, 2014 2:23 PM GMT
    My grandma is a perfect example of this. She recently turned 86 and she walks every day, even hikes with her dog on her property, goes cross country skiing, swims, and she's going strong! She did need surgery on her back a few years ago but it hasn't slowed her down much! Walking is much more physically demanding that most people give it credit for.
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    May 28, 2014 2:34 PM GMT
    Very Very True..............
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    May 28, 2014 4:10 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidMy grandma is a perfect example of this. She recently turned 86 and she walks every day, even hikes with her dog on her property, goes cross country skiing, swims, and she's going strong! She did need surgery on her back a few years ago but it hasn't slowed her down much! Walking is much more physically demanding that most people give it credit for.

    My grandfather use to walk every day over to town ( a good walk for 70 or 80) and once told his younger brother to stop bitching and start walking! LOL

    Walking is the best. Live in a city like SF and you'll find walking is almost essential and when you look at people here, they're so much more fit at all ages than those who live outside of the City.
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    May 28, 2014 7:02 PM GMT
    My gran owned 2 gyms and despite running various classes from morning until the evening old age has crept up and she can't walk far anymore without needing to stop. She feels the exercising actually weakened her before her old age.
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    May 28, 2014 8:26 PM GMT
    Danny_boy93 saidMy gran owned 2 gyms and despite running various classes from morning until the evening old age has crept up and she can't walk far anymore without needing to stop. She feels the exercising actually weakened her before her old age.

    I would think that, if anything, it might have had an effect on her skeletal system (knees, hips, ankles) but I'm guessing it's not her heart that is the problem but those appendages that seem to always wear out!
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    May 28, 2014 9:24 PM GMT
    Walking alone isn't enough though. Upper body strength is vitally important.
    Tripping and falling at an old age is going to happen. If you have the upper body strength to catch yourself on a railing before tumbling down the stairs it is literally the difference between life and death.
    Even 'just' a hip fracture has up to a 50% mortality in the first year. Usually from pneumonia.
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    May 28, 2014 10:04 PM GMT
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    Danny_boy93 saidMy gran owned 2 gyms and despite running various classes from morning until the evening old age has crept up and she can't walk far anymore without needing to stop. She feels the exercising actually weakened her before her old age.

    I would think that, if anything, it might have had an effect on her skeletal system (knees, hips, ankles) but I'm guessing it's not her heart that is the problem but those appendages that seem to always wear out!


    Yeah it's her joints but particularly knees and also wrists from using weights. One of my wrists always hurts after lifting too so fingers crossed glucosamine will save my joints lol
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    May 30, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    Danny_boy93 said
    eb925guy said
    Danny_boy93 saidMy gran owned 2 gyms and despite running various classes from morning until the evening old age has crept up and she can't walk far anymore without needing to stop. She feels the exercising actually weakened her before her old age.

    I would think that, if anything, it might have had an effect on her skeletal system (knees, hips, ankles) but I'm guessing it's not her heart that is the problem but those appendages that seem to always wear out!


    Yeah it's her joints but particularly knees and also wrists from using weights. One of my wrists always hurts after lifting too so fingers crossed glucosamine will save my joints lol


    Or may be that exercising gave her a healthier mobile life longer than if she hadn't.
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    May 31, 2014 12:31 AM GMT
    Thank you, Captain Obvious.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jun 15, 2014 5:23 AM GMT
    I recommend it to anyone with back problems...just to get moving before doing anything more strenuous.

    It's my rehab too after a fibromyalgia relapse. It gets me moving, rebuilds some stamina, and makes my dog very happy
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    Jun 19, 2014 11:48 AM GMT
    And if you're walking across a busy street; walk fast. Otherwise, you won't have to worry about aging.