Fitness After 60 - What I do to Stay in Shape
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Fitness After 60
Exercise & Strength Training That Works for Me

(Last Updated On: August 17, 2019)

Fitness after 60? Is it possible? Of course! As a fit 60 year old woman (well, 64 actually and counting!) I say it can be done, my friends. If I can maintain a healthy level of fitness, so can you.

Now that I’m well into the 6th decade of my life, I’m living the experience of taking care of my body as it ages. There’s no doubt about it my friends, growing older is not for the weak or faint of heart. Things just happen, and you have no control over them…wrinkles, crepey skin, drooping, sagging, creaking  joints…it’s no picnic. And forget about jumping up off the floor when you’ve been sitting or kneeling…not gonna happen.

But, I’m going to share with you what I do to stay in shape in  my 60’s. I’m far from perfect, my body is no different than any other person in my generation, so this is not about my telling you how perfect I am. Once you gaze upon the photos in this post it will become quite evident that I’m just another middle aged woman, but a relatively fit middle aged woman!

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I’ve been doing some of these exercises and routines for years…many years. I’m so grateful that my health has allowed me to work out without interruption for all this time. My oldest son was a baby when I decided to start exercising, and that was back in 1980.

It is a commitment for sure. Some people decide they don’t want to put in the effort. That’s not who I am. Maybe I’m too vain, but I don’t want to have to buy clothes in larger sizes, or be limited in what I do because my body is too heavy or out of shape for me to participate in activities I enjoy.

So I choose to exercise regularly and eat healthy most of the time, a part of my overall philosophy of maintaining my physical, emotional and spiritual health.

NOTE: I am not offering advice or telling you what to do. Only you can determine what is right and healthy for you. Always consult a physician before you begin any type of exercise program.

Fitness After 60 – exercise for 60 year old females

Exercise for a 60 year old female - fitness after 60 is possible!

There are 4 types of exercise I engage in regularly: walk or dance, ride a stationary bike, do floor exercises + strength training, and low impact aerobics.

My goal is  to get in 2 types of exercise every day, depending on my schedule and what other physical activity I’m engaged in.

By the way, I recently purchased a Fit Bit ALTA, and I absolutely love it! Keeping track of steps, exercise, sleep, meals and more is all in one place, along with the history for each. Really cool.

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I am learning how to do a better job of listening to my body, too, as I age. Sometimes it’s difficult to determine if I’m really, really tired or just feeling a bit lazy.

Most days I’m good for two exercise sessions, one in the morning and one later in the day. Morning might be 20 minutes of core and glute exercises with some strength training, or a 30 minute dance workout; then a 4 to 5 mile bike ride in the early evening, about 30 minutes.

So I’m not talking about hours of workouts every day. No way is that gonna happen, at least not for me with my business obligations and other activities. If I work in a total of 50 minutes of exercise most days I’m more than satisfied.

Walking is a Wonderful Way to Stay in Shape

A fit 60 year old woman. Walking is a wonderful way to maintain a healthy lifestyle after 60

For me, walking has more benefits than the physical exercise as part of my ‘fitness after 60’ plan. It helps me to relax and unwind, think/ponder/plan, listen to music and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Did you know that being outside, near trees, can actually help you feel better?  Walking 30 minutes a day can also help with digestion and regularity as well as lowering the risk of chronic disease.

I recently moved from SW Florida to Michigan, so the year-round ability to walk outside just got totally revamped!

At first I felt a loss of what to do, and being cooped up inside was a huge adjustment. But then I discovered something that helped me get the aerobic exercise plus teach my body to become more limber and (hopefully) graceful.

What was it? Body Groove, created by Misty Tripoli.

I can get in my steps plus an aerobic workout, all in one. Most of the Body Groove workouts include some HIIT (high intensity interval training), an additional benefit.

I  subscribed to the online program and have the option to do any of Misty’s ever-increasing workouts. I will say, this has been a life saver for me through the frigid winter months.

Spring is just about upon us as I write this, so a midday walk is going to be added to most of my days very soon!

Riding a Stationary Bike Helps Me Unwind!

Fitness After 60 | Riding a Stationary Bike to stay in shape. Exercise for a 60 year old female.

I’ve found that a stationary exercise bike fits my lifestyle the best.

There is something about pedaling away on my bike and enjoying a bit of Netflix that really helps me relax. I don’t have to think about traffic, where I’m going to ride or anything else. I just ride and ride, enjoy the lake view out my window and watch TV.  A 4 to 5 mile ride usually works for me.

As with many other types of bikes, I can adjust the tension to make my legs work harder, and I do that sometimes to put in some extra effort. Usually I work up a good sweat so I know my body is putting forth an effort.

 

Pssst…want to do something about that belly fat? I’ve got a plan…

Floor Exercises and Strength Training

What type of strength training for a 60 year old woman is appropriate? Well, we are all different in terms of our overall health and abilities. But I will say this: just because we’re over 60 now doesn’t mean we can’t lift weights!

First I’ll discuss the other types of strength training I do to keep my muscles firm for my age.

Strength training after 60

SIT UPS

I have been doing sit ups for over 30 years. I usually do 3 to 4 sets of 20 during a workout session.

Faithfully doing this exercise has helped me to keep a decent waistline (you know…I still have some curve there!), something that tends to disappear as we age. I’m pretty happy about that.

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BUTT BRIDGES

This is another exercise I started doing years ago. It looks kind of goofy but it really helps keep the glute muscles toned, and we know how things start to sag as we age!

This is how it works: I lay on the floor with my knees bent, the lift my butt into the air and hold it for a second or two before lowering. (there is an example of this exercise HERE)

I also do strength training, to help keep my arms strong. I don’t use heavy weights, just 5 lb and 8 lb, but it’s enough for me to get in a good workout.

I recently found this great arm workout on Pinterest that emphasizes that droopy, saggy, nasty under arm area that happens as we age. It’s only been a short while but I’m pretty happy with this set of exercises:  https://www.christinacarlyle.com/arm-workout-for-women/

Low Impact, Joint Friendly Aerobics

Body Dynamix low impact exercise for a 60 year old femaile - Fitness After 60

Body Dynamix is the name of this low impact, joint friendly workout for mature people, anyone with mobility problems, injuries or other issues that make it difficult or painful to to exercise. This program was created by fitness expert Debbie Siebers, who designed it to build up your muscles without breaking down your joints.

I’m in good health, don’t have any particular joint issues, but still as a person in my 60’s, the flexibility is not what it was, and I don’t want to injure myself working out or doing other activities. So I have found Body Dynamix to be the perfect method for

  • proper stretching techniques
  • yoga basics
  • aerobic exercise – low impact

The workout is offered digitally (I use Roku) or on DVD, so you can decide how and where you want to work out. No weights are used, but the strength training is there. Notice the hand towel I’m using as I follow along with Debbie and crew. It’s quite amazing how much of a workout I get using just one simple towel in my hands.

There are several sections to the program, each runs anywhere from 12 to 20 minutes or so. You can choose which section(s) you want to do at any given time. I like to do one of the warm ups, then add some yoga or low impact aerobics to it.

Here are the individual routines that are offered:

  • Body Insurance (warm up)
  • Yoga Flows & Poses
  • Tone & Walk
  • Cardio Walk
  • Core Walk
  • Core on the Floor (this takes my sit ups and glute exercises to a whole new level!)
  • Restore & Repair

Debbie makes everything enjoyable and interesting, and of course she is a beautiful example of fitness as we mature. I pretty much hate her 🙂

If you decide to do one form of exercise only in your desire to maintain fitness after 60, or whatever your age, this is what you need to do. It doesn’t cost a lot for what you get in return, about $60, well worth the investment!  See all of the details about Body Dynamix.

So, I’ve shared all of my good stuff about how I stay in shape and strive to maintain fitness after 60.

fitness after 60 - exercises for a 60 year old female

How about you?

What are YOU going to do today to start or maintain your health and overall fitness? You know what the worst thing you can do is? Nothing. Assuming an “I don’t care” attitude or mindset can be devastating to your health, my friend. Please don’t go there.

The best action you can take is…right now…today! Start slowly and build from there.

You’re never too old to stay in shape!

Candi Randolph Midlife Blogger


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36 COMMENTS

  • Verla

    Happy Birthday from a 65 year old. Exercise does make a difference I believe. Keep it up and I will too.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Verla, we will encourage each other. You look wonderful!

  • Terri

    You look terrific! I agree, moving out bodies, and doing strengthening and stretching exercises keeps us young!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Yes, it absolutely makes a difference!

  • Carissa Davis

    Heck ya! Getting a nice walk in is one of my favorites. You look great, keep up the good work!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Carissa, I always love to walk!

  • Angela

    Wow, you’re in way better shape than I am! I love the idea of watching Netflix on a stationary bike. I used to run competitively and train horses and it destroyed my knees so a lot of exercises are out for me. This one I think I could handle! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I find it relieves stress as well as get the heart pumping. Netflix provides the mind numbing entertainment!

  • Jamie

    I hope to alway be active! great inspiration!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Jamie, I appreciate every day that I can remain active.

  • Trudy

    This is great information! I do a lot of hiking but I need to add in some other forms of exercise. These look wonderful! I will be giving them a try 🙂

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Great, maybe you’ll find that one of these exercise routines is the perfect addition to your routine. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kristie

    You are so inspiring! I need to find more time to exercise. I do find time to walk almost every day, because I love it and feel bad if I don’t. Time to try some more stuff…

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      It really does take a conscious effort to make sure I exercise, and I’m not always successful. But I try!

  • Caitlyn

    Staying active at any age is so important. I like listening to my audible books while I work out.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I agree! I haven’t signup up with Audible yet but it seems like everyone else has, so I think it’s time to give it a go, it comes in so handy 🙂

  • Karie

    Inspiring! I am now 46 and noticing quite a few things going on and all of a sudden feeling I better do something more than I am to take care of myself. I have been kinda anxious ridden with worry about the future. I don’t want to take it lying down. 🙂

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Now is the time to start taking care of yourself! You’re young and there are many ways to maintain your health and looks. You can do it!

  • Kristi Ann

    You look amazing for your age! I hope to remain as fit and active as you when I get there as well. So inspiring!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Kristi Ann! You’re always so kind. And, you have many years to maintain your health and youthful looks, so start now!

  • Stacey

    You are so inspiring! I know I need to do more to take care of myself. I also know I feel better when I do make myself a priority. Thanks for the tips!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks, Stacey, I agree that making our health a priority will always have a positive resutl!

  • gail

    A good indicator of health is how people walk as they age. I keep that in mind whenever I’m needing motivation to go work out!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      You are absolutely right! I hope to keep my ‘youthful gait’ for a long while!

  • Louise

    You look great! Exercise is one of the things I’m striving to put back into my daily life! It’s so important and the benefits go way beyond the physical.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      You’re right, Louise, the benefits are physical, emotional and spiritual, too. Once you begin an exercise program and do it faithfully for a couple of weeks, it becomes a natural part of your daily routine.

  • Heidi

    You are an inspiration for those over 60! Great tips! 🙂

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thank you, Heidi!

  • Laura

    You look great. I’m in my thirties and I’m pretty sure you could run circles around me! 🙂

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I’m not sure about that, but thank you!

  • Monica

    You look amazing! I have been trying to get back into shape and more importantly get healthy. Time and kids have been my excuse, but I am trying. Very inspiring!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Monica, I know it’s tough when you’re raising a family, but hopefully you can work in some time for you!

  • Shanna

    get it girl! Yes! I love walking, and I do yoga three times a week. I love staying active. I have to with three small kids!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Yes, keeping up with the kids can be exercise in itself!

  • Molly

    Your post is inspirational…
    When I retired four years ago, I began a 10,000 step/day routine that I maintained for several months. That is until winter came and the weather prevented me from going outside for longer than two minutes. Then… I fell and broke my arm and hip which laid me up for three months. I just started a moderate workout and fell again – breaking the other arm!
    Suffice it to say, I was discouraged and simply gave up. I’m not overweight (I do watch what I eat) but I am flabby. And I don’t like it.
    While it will take me a while to get to two exercise routines a day … you have inspired me to do something every day. Thank you!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      It must have been such a frustrating time for you, Molly. But today is a new day, and you can do it! Thank you so much for sharing.

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