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Older and wiser about health my new fitness routine and equipment
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 Posted: Sun Mar 1st, 2015 10:41 AM
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Glen R
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Well like a lot of people on here I have decided to get in better shape, by the way of exercise. Having hit the mid 60's this past year.

We have owned most of the big named machines for the home, Wife was the driving force behind the purchases. Every single one ended up being a clothes hanger in one room or another before making their way to one of the local charities.

So this time I decided to keep it low and cheaper tech. I also wanted to improve my fitness level to improve my shooting in the local leagues at the range. Only been shooting actively for two years, and league for 10 weeks and starting another one soon.

In looking around for an easy start I found Aldi's has equipment on sale, every couple of months. At better prices than most discounters.
The first set I bought were wrist and ankle weight with 1.1 weights.

I put the weights on the ankles and wrists in the mornings and wear them all day. I do take the wrists ones off if I am going some place I will have to take the coat off.

I started with 4 sets of 25 rep's over the course of a day and then increasing to 50 reps. This is from a sitting position with elbows on knees bringing hands to head level. I spread them over the day/night.

After a couple of weeks I in creased the weight of each of the weights. As over the course of 40 years the wife collected an assortment of them.

You can get cheaper vinyl covered weights at Wally World type stores.
I have progressed to starting on 10 pounders today. And intend to start with lifting from my sides in a standing position, till I can get them straight out and hold for a minute.

My mother lives in an assisted living apt. they have an in house Rehab/PT I asked about the pedal exerciser that I see every time I walk by their door. They said it is good for low impact for both the arms when used on the table and legs when on the floor.

I also bought one of those ab rollers, I can say that I can feel the burn as they say when I use it. Every other day, and I am double the length of time for each series before adding more reps. I bought it at the local Meijers stores, in the Great Lakes area for $29.99 no shipping fees. Cheaper than TV and you get the free knee pads.
I am not trying for 6-8 pack ab's at my age, because even if I did achieve something that resembled them I probably still be two bottles short!

The pedal exerciser is the same model they use at the rehab center my mother was at and at her apt

Drive Medical exercise peddler

They sell them locally in most of the big box sporting goods stores and exercise equipment places. Same number but they vary from $54.99 to $79.99. Best price was on Amazon with the prime and 2 day shipping.
I have started with 10 minutes a day with the arms and 10/15 minutes with the legs. So far it seems to be working well.

I was thinking of that trigger trainer trigger trainer but the price put me off. plus I have one of those fake pistols for use with my laser training targets.

What I found will probably work just as well.

I first used the hand squeezers, but I quickly over came the spring tension. I then found the Grip master, they have a number of different styles. The one in the photo is 9 a pounder spring and figured that would work. I do 3 sets of 10 reps of squeeze and hold for 3 seconds.
Along with the dry fire practice, laser targets, range days I hope to improve my fitness level a notch or two.

For not a lot of money, or machines that take up a lot of space. You can start on your path to improvement too!
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 Posted: Sun Mar 1st, 2015 12:53 PM
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Ozark Ed



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Whew! I worked up a sweat just looking at the pictures. Gonna go back and look again after I rest for a minute. Think I'll have a cinnamon roll and a milk shake while I'm resting. Really worked up an appetite. :wink:



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 Posted: Sun Mar 1st, 2015 01:13 PM
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Glen R
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Ozark Ed wrote: Whew! I worked up a sweat just looking at the pictures. Gonna go back and look again after I rest for a minute. Think I'll have a cinnamon roll and a milk shake while I'm resting. Really worked up an appetite. :wink:Been there and done that way to many times:lol::lol::thumbs:



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 Posted: Sun Mar 1st, 2015 01:17 PM
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In 2015 hitting the magic 70, I like the idea of the arm weights. don't like adding any extra weight on my feet/knees.

Hang in there Glen. When you hit 65 the gov't buys you a free health club membership...Golden Sneakers.



 Posted: Sun Mar 1st, 2015 04:19 PM
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Charley



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Just a youngster at 60. Same weight as when I retired, 228-230 pounds. I; also 6'2", so I'm not that bad. Was on my feet when working, walked constantly. I still average at least a couple miles per day. Haven't gained weight since retiring, so I must be doing something right.



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 Posted: Wed Mar 4th, 2015 07:53 AM
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I have been doing the exercise thing, more for my blood pressure, than anything else. Loosing the junk food is the hardest part when it comes to getting healthier. someone at work made a suggestion to help loose the junk food.

His advise?????? Next time one feels the need to indulge in a box of donuts, take them into the bedroom, strip nekid and stand in front of the mirror and eat the donuts...... Now, if that doesn't put an image in your mind.......



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