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I walk about a mile to 2 miles 7 days a week and a couple of days jog about 2 to 3 miles. I also ride my horse and do all the maintenance that goes into owning horses. I used to be an avid runner and then quit many years ago due to time constraints, but have always remained active and walk very briskly. I am 72 now and recently ran a 5k race in 36 minutes. ( I used to be much faster, but I thank the Lord every day that I am still able to do the things I love) 


@jthorses  What a perfectly lovely attitude. And that 5K time is pretty darned good! Keep it up! Smiley Happy

 

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SAHDad wrote:

Epster, i first off must say thank you for the Kudos and the kind words you have spoken!! You are a kind soul and this world needs more people like yourself in it, especially in the world we live in today. I had to get creative in my fitness plan do to a bad doctor i had and my body doesn't fight off the pneumonia virus anymore but i will never ask for sympathy or be defeated, it all began because of a bad doctor i had but i have great doctors now, although i'm not feeling 100% today, and i'm only 51 but i think more people and their doctors need to advise patients of the value of exercise even the most basic is better than nothing!!


@SAHDad  Smiley Happy

 

Yes, doctors do need to push patients to exercise. It would change their lives.

 

A friend was just telling me about what he called 'eco-doctors'; these being doctors that prescribe exercise to patients before meds. The example was his overweight sister. Her doctor told her to go outside for 30 minutes every day. To walk, to pull weeds, feed the livestock, something besides sitting. And after a time he changed the prescription to walking a mile and a half a day. I gather the plan is to keep upping her 'eco' prescription.

 

Apparently there is an interstate eco-doctor coalition. I guess a person could find them online (I have not looked yet). Smiley Happy  I think this is a step in the right direction. Smiley Happy

 

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I walk about a mile to 2 miles 7 days a week and a couple of days jog about 2 to 3 miles. I also ride my horse and do all the maintenance that goes into owning horses. I used to be an avid runner and then quit many years ago due to time constraints, but have always remained active and walk very briskly. I am 72 now and recently ran a 5k race in 36 minutes. ( I used to be much faster, but I thank the Lord every day that I am still able to do the things I love) 

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Epster, i first off must say thank you for the Kudos and the kind words you have spoken!! You are a kind soul and this world needs more people like yourself in it, especially in the world we live in today. I had to get creative in my fitness plan do to a bad doctor i had and my body doesn't fight off the pneumonia virus anymore but i will never ask for sympathy or be defeated, it all began because of a bad doctor i had but i have great doctors now, although i'm not feeling 100% today, and i'm only 51 but i think more people and their doctors need to advise patients of the value of exercise even the most basic is better than nothing!!

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SAHDad wrote:

I have lung disease myself and during the summer i would walk 11 miles a day and here in the Pacific Northwest it's a bit wet so i do walking videos, bodyweight exercises, get on a rower or the stepper and have strength bands i use as well. And due to back issues i have to be aware of thar as well now too. I think it's fantastic to get out and walk 7 miles and i do really love walking very much. Congrats and keep up the excellent work!!! 


@SAHDad  I think your dedication to fitness is fantastic. Smiley Happy You set an awesome example of how not to let weather and personal issues get you down!

 

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I have lung disease myself and during the summer i would walk 11 miles a day and here in the Pacific Northwest it's a bit wet so i do walking videos, bodyweight exercises, get on a rower or the stepper and have strength bands i use as well. And due to back issues i have to be aware of thar as well now too. I think it's fantastic to get out and walk 7 miles and i do really love walking very much. Congrats and keep up the excellent work!!! 

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I love walking and I can give that credit to my Dad, who already has passed.  He gave me the love for the outdoors.  We used to go on long walks, slow or fast but to enjoy the beauty of the scenery around you.  He always told me - listen - the forest and creatures are trying to tell you something, whether your in a park, meadow, or just walking around your neighborhood.  Breathe in and out and listen.  I never really liked running because the world passes you by and you might miss something, so we would hike in forests, valleys,meadows, anywhere, it was a true blessing.  My brothers loved it too but as they got older, they loved the ocean, it called to them, they became surfers.  The ocean is alive they told me and told me to listen and yes, I loved it too! So, swim if you can in the ocean, it has marvels!

 

 

 

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pb6600 wrote:

I walk 7 miles sometimes.  Due to lung disease, I need to slow down in order to breathe. I am still getting exercise.


Hi @pb6600  and welcome to the online community!

 

Good for you for walking that distance! Yes: listen to your body and do what is best for you. We all have different situations, therefore what is possible is going to be different for each of us. 

 

Best wishes,

Epster

 

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I walk 7 miles sometimes.  Due to lung disease, I need to slow down in order to breathe. I am still getting exercise.

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I'm not 65, so I guess this doesn't apply to me, but I regularly walk 4.85 hilly miles in an hour ten. (that's over 4 mph, but I have a 32 inch inseam, so take that into account) 

 

Unsurprisingly, due to age and the above statistic, at the South Dakota Senior Games my walking speed was tested; turns out that I walk faster than 90% of the senior athletes on record. (They were conducting a bunch of tests aimed at measuring healthfulness of senior athletes vesus the general senior population.) 

 

The reason I mention this is the same reason I mention any fact about my health, and that is to illustrate what is possible. I think it is possible to live better while maintaining a healthy weight (as previous posters to this thread will attest); I think it is possible to stave off lifestyle diseases and conditions for decades via senior athlete-style exercise (I'm in the midst of trying to prove this one Smiley Happy); I think it is possible to take charge of and master our own health. And all of this can start with the simple act of walking hard enough to raise your heart rate each and every day.

 

I have fit and unfit friends. The fit ones are the ones grabbing life by the short hairs and discovering exactly how good they can feel, and how much living they can accomplish even at age 65, 70 and 80. The unfit ones are the ones I've been visiting in the hospital these past few weeks. Smiley Sad

 

Moral to the story: yes: walk as if your life depends upon it. It very well may. Smiley Happy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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