Friday, May 23, 2008

An Old Friend Shares a Secret Workout

As you will see, Pat Cunneen understands the progressive resistance exercise concept. His plan follows:

Easy Exercise for People Over 70

(You do not need expensive equipment)

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5 pound potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute and then relax. Each day you will find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10 pound potato sacks, then try 50 pound potato sacks, then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100 pound potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.

On the serious side, Pat, in his seventies, still competes in triathlons.

1 comment:

Project Swole - Weightlifting and Nutrition said...

Sometimes people ask me, "why do you bother lifting weights? When you're 50 or 60 or 70 you won't be able to lift anymore. All of your muscles will turn to fat." This type of mis-education, closed mindedness, and pessimism brings me down. It's well known that we can keep making gains in strength and fitness even after age 50, and that it's possible to stay fit at age 90 and above.

Kudos to you for not giving up, and for helping others to stay fit when society wants them to believe they are past their prime.