I joined a health club last year, spent about 250 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. I didn't realize you actually you have to go there! Their brochure had some interesting ideas for "those of a certain age" who are thinking of exercising to improve their health. Here they are, along with a few ideas of my own:
I came across this exercise to build muscle strength in the arms and shoulders. It seems easy, so I thought I'd pass it on. The article said to do it three days a week. Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5 lb. 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, then relax. Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10 lb. potato sacks. Then 50 lb. potato sacks, and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100 lb. potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. After a month or so at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.
Water exercise for seniors--sit in the tub, pull the plug, and fight the current.
Forget health food--at our age, we need all the preservatives we can get.
Insanity is a very good means of relaxation.
Women over 50 should not have babies for 2 reasons. First, their stomach muscles are no longer strong enough to recover from childbirth & second, they would be likely to put the babies down somewhere and forget where they left them.