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I just read the average age thread and was amazed that there are so few members in our age range. Do you think it's because our peers really aren't interested in health and fitness or because they aren't computer savy enough to journal on-line? I'm a 56 yo white female who has struggled with weight and eating disordered behavior/issues for many years. I'm fairly slim and fit now but am always looking for smart, easy ways to incorporate health and fitness into my very stressful work schedule and life. Journaling helps a lot and I've picked up some good ideas on PeerTrainer. I was just surprised at how old we are compared to the group! LC

Thu. Oct 12, 10:46pm

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Hi, I'm 52 and female. I, too, have wondered about the relatively young ages on PeerTrainer. I've also wondered why there are so few organized sports activities for adults who are no longer in school. I don't really know the reasons -- maybe the older we get, the more responsibilities take our time. I did find a great group of older active women when I joined a Ladies Express/Curves-type 30-minute gym. The Curves franchise believes that its unprecedented success with older women is due to the fact that it designed its 30-minute express workout with busy women in mind. Just my 2 cents.

Friday, October 13, 2006, 11:22 AM

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maybe the people in your age group have'nt posted their age? i haven't posted mine, even though i've seen the thread a hundred times...i don't get it...although i am not in your age group.

Friday, October 13, 2006, 12:02 PM

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Howdy-I'm 54,
There is no way I am going to wear Meme polyester stretch pants!
FYI - I don't see women our age in the gym. I would think if I did I would be inspired especially if they were in terrific shape.
My thoughts...I'm afraid that I think women our age put themselves last. Yeah our whole generation could be busy, but I work FT and have a 15 y.o., am a single parent and I get to the gym 4x's/wk and out dancing 1x/wk. It's all about priorities and I put my health and fitness way up on the top of the list.
Sure I struggle w/keeping the pounds at bay and fighting my wanting to chow down on chips and such-but I have no need to look further than my mother, sister or best friend and see the osteo, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity that comes from a "busy" but sedentary lifestyle and tell myself that's not the route I want to take. I want to stay healthy, attractive, active and fit.

Friday, October 13, 2006, 3:37 PM

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gee I am 52! i There seems to be alot of us involved in peer trainer!

Friday, October 13, 2006, 11:28 PM

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I agree with all the previous posters. I will be 49 at the end of the year and have been physically active all my life. However, I have gained about 10 pounds a decade since my 30's. I struggle to keep the weight off and each decade I'm working out more. I bench press almost 100 pounds, lat pull down of 95 pounds, cardio 4X/week. When I ask trainers (in their 20's and 30's) at my gym about alterations, problems, etc in this kind of routine for a woman my age they are clueless. There is very little research about weight training with significant weights for "older" women. I wonder what I will have to do at 80 to maintain weight if I have to keep upping my workouts to keep the pounds off. There is no info out there. I have seen guides which describe workouts for women by decades, they are lifting LESS weight, not more as they age.

We are the first generation of women who have weight trained in significant numbers. We are really on the fronteir, so to speak. I would be interested in seeing some research conducted on older women and body building/weight lifting. Any ideas??

Saturday, October 14, 2006, 8:29 AM

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I'm in a pt group where I (at age 54) am the baby. The eldest was just 64. We variously swim, lift weights, walk, exercise with tapes + DVDs, do isometrics, and climb stairs. I may have left something out.

There are some books aimed about exercise for women (or men + women) over 50. I haven't been able to check them out, but you might find them on Amazon.

Miriam Nelson, PhD, has written some good stuff about older women. I'll look for her website; if I find it, I'll post the link.

Saturday, October 14, 2006, 4:35 PM

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Here is the Dr. Nelson's site. I just looked at it briefly now; it's clearly changed a lot since I last looked at it. Hope it's still interesting.


Saturday, October 14, 2006, 4:37 PM

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50-60 yr old members

Hello :-) I'm 59 and currently part of the Spotlight. Sharing successes/failures w/ others who know how you feel, helps me matter what their ages. My first thought on the Spotlight ages was that I was way out of my league, but a week w/ them has proven me wrong :-) Sometimes our age is a blessing in disguise! nana

Monday, October 16, 2006, 9:16 AM

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I relate to the Sat 8:29AM poster and I have figured out that your body gets used to routines very quickly and I too feel that one has to keep increasing the weights and cardio to maintain. All the literature I have seen is for beginners not for experienced lifters like ourselves who do chest presses, squats and deadlifts... w/significant weight and who have been in the weight room for years. I work each body part once per week and I really do not think that's enough for me even though that's what the lit says as well as the trainers advise us all to do these days. Maybe I'll rethink that and try working my body parts 2 to 3x's per week for 6 weeks and see how that flies.

Monday, October 16, 2006, 11:19 AM

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Bless the poster at 4:37 who provided the link to Strong Women/Strong Bodies. I absolutely love it. It is just what I have been looking for. While I enjoy Peer Trainer I have noticed many if not most of the membes are younger and I have different issues now that I am 49. Thank you so much. GatorGirl

Tuesday, October 17, 2006, 9:00 AM

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