70 is not too late to start weightlifting


It's about 58,000 dwt.
posted by 7segment at 2:24 PM on July 23 [7 favorites]

I think 'Strength Training Helped Me Transform My Body in My 70s' (Joan MacDonald & Kirsti Buick, Women's Health UK, Sept. 2020) is a less-complicated read, despite having additional specifics re: body size, exercise, & food regimen (if you're avoiding those details) and more about her late mother. Maybe this awful year is tinting the Guardian's piece somewhat (as at one point, "[s]he sounds as if she is holding back tears".) This is an installment in a lady mag's "fit at any age" series, written from MacDonald's perspective:

I was in my 70s when I knew I had to make a change. It was a couple of things that were all happening around the same time. I had terrible swelling in my ankles, painful arthritis and I had difficulty walking up and down stairs. I was on medication for high blood pressure and acid reflux, and my doctor had just told me that I may need to increase the dosage. I was tired, I was emotional, and I was in desperate need of a change.

On top of that, my mother's health was also declining – and I knew I did not want to follow the same path she was on. [MacDonald describes joining her fitness-trainer daughter's online support group, starting strength training, her current workout schedule, etc.] And at 10 months, I was able to get off my blood pressure and acid reflux medication. In addition, my cholesterol medication dropped by 50%. Currently I am off all medications! [...] I lost my mother in the first year, which was a real tragedy for me personally, but I kept training and following my meal plan throughout it all. I didn’t go back to my old habits.


posted by Iris Gambol at 3:37 PM on July 23 [2 favorites]

As a person who was completely sedentary and facing all sorts of medical issues as I started my 50s then basically turned it all around by getting serious about exercise, I find her super motivational...but then again I frequently look at her photos/vids on Instagram and definitely ignore the captions. Intentional weight loss (IWL) is a trap, and Health At Every Size (HAES) is absolutely the way to go. And starting small and eventually working up to bigger and bigger exercise goals turns out to be the absolute bomb. If you find her motivational, cool. If you want to chuck her in the bin and move along to some other form of motivation, cool. But if you're thinking you're too old to start, you're wrong. Pick a baby step and get moving.
posted by BlahLaLa at 4:06 PM on July 23 [3 favorites]

She looks like she’s having fun. Don’t yuck on her yum.
posted by Ideefixe at 5:01 PM on July 23 [1 favorite]

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