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exercise for the weak and old

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BrendaBlackhead Wed 05-Nov-14 11:53:30

At 50 (aaagghhh!!!) I am noticing a bit of middle-aged spread (wobbly tummy etc) when I've always been slim.

I want to tone up, but I have very weak muscles. I find strenuous exercise a killer - things such as cleaning windows leaves my arms aching, and I have tennis elbow and torn shoulder muscles from grappling with the dog.

I'd like to try something, but given my lack of sportiness and general hopelessness, I'm at a loss as to what would be effective.

Please help!

emummy Wed 05-Nov-14 18:02:48

For toning up maybe Pilates would be good, certainly good for tummies I think. You could also try running with a couch to 5k programme, which does start of pretty gently with walking alternating with running, so builds you up gradually. Otherwise, may be just walking would be good, unless you've had enough of that with the dog!
And 50 is not old!

CMOTDibbler Wed 05-Nov-14 18:07:11

How about Aquafit (or whatever your local pool calls exercise classes in water) - its good exercise, but very gentle on the joints and body due to the support

BrendaBlackhead Thu 06-Nov-14 09:03:48

I was (sort of) joking about 50, but having seen that thread about "weird things old people do" (and the OP's subjects were in their 50s shock perhaps I shall have to recalibrate!

Anyway, couch to 5K seems reasonable, but I do walk a lot each day because of dog. Aquafit.... I can't swim blush

AYellowCreation Sun 09-Nov-14 22:08:56

Dancing, C25k, Pilate. Yoga. Anything you like, really.

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