“Yoong people gotta dance, dance. Old people gotta sit there and watch.” Frank Loesser, Most Happy Fella
Thinking about dancing, walking, exercising? It isn’t about gaining or losing. It’s about developing endurance and stamina over routines through time…and enjoying it. When you are over 60, there is a compendium of problems that restrict starting an exercise regimen as you reach 60. Nonetheless, there are many peers who have found that activity not only treats pains. It elevates moods, emotions, consciousness, and memories. You endure a better sense of living. Shall we dance?
Endurance and stamina should not be exclusive to the young. While, biochemically, there may be less hormonal energy in adults over 60, healthy people over 60 don’t just have to sit and watch. You can develop endurance and stamina at practically any age. It may just require more effort as you get older. Young and old can dance!
Lack of endurance and stamina may shift up and down in a lifetime. Many attribute the lack of energy, endurance, and stamina to poor diet and exercise habits. The battle with the bulge is a natural byproduct of aging for most people. Based on averages, people tend to lose 3 to 5 percent of lean muscle tissue (replaced by fat) every decade after age 30. Then something happens in your 40’s. After age 45, adults begin losing about one-quarter of a pound of muscle and gain that much body fat every year. By 60, you’d have naturally lost 4 pounds of muscle and gained about 4 pounds of fat from average natural body processes from 45 to 60. The adage that “the more you do diet and exercise” the victory of suppressing the bulges seems mire difficult. The loss of endurance and stamina over 60 seem to make movement more difficult over the years as you try to age better.
The term stamina is sometimes used interchangeably with endurance. Stamina deals with the concept of muscular strength or how much weight you can move at a 1-time interval or the amount of time that a given muscle or group of muscles can perform at maximum capacity. Imagine a runner losing breath and energy after speeding 500 feet or a weightlifter lifting 300 pounds once or twice. Stamina training builds strength in other ways than cardio-endurance does.
Endurance is best understood in relation to time. While stamina is defined as the amount of time that a given group of muscles can perform at or near maximum capacity, endurance is defined as the maximum amount of time that a given group of muscles can perform a certain repetitive action. An example of this might be a runner doing a marathon. Running over 26 miles is one of the best tests of human endurance. Stamina is brief and endurance is long. It takes endurance to go the extra mile(s).
Endurance training is associated with cardiovascular health. Endurance testing involves determining the amount of time a person can maintain an activity or perform a task or activity of daily living before becoming fatigued and needing to stop. The level of activity used to test endurance can be minimal to maximal. Endurance testing is often used by cardiologists.
Beginning to train for strength (stamina) and endurance (length of time and breathing) are your goals. Mixing endurance and stamina gives you easy roads to health at 50, at 60, and beyond. The idea is to follow a routine at least 2 or 3 times each week. And you can build stamina and endurance on a chair while getting a great workout for cardio, muscle strength, and weight loss.
There are many exercises for endurance and stamina that you can do at home. Some can be done in a chair. When you’re over 60, there are many options to gain strength and longer workout time with as little impact as possible. The nice thing about familiarizing your self with chair exercises is you can exercise while watching TV! No gym or large equipment necessary while building endurance and stamina. Weights can be a can of soup or a bottle of water. Standing or sitting, build endurance.
One key, research tends to indicate, for building physical endurance and stamina over 60 is regularity. Claims indicate that, with regular exercise, healthy people over 60 can regain some muscle mass.
But getting to 60 is still filled with many perils along the way. Disabling neuromuscular diseases such as the muscular dystrophies and multiple sclerosis can confound both stamina and endurance at any age.
Yet lifestyle based statistics, collected by National Council of Aging, show that 90% of Americans aged 55+ are at risk for hypertension, or high blood pressure. Diabetes affects 12.2 million Americans aged 60+, or 23% of the older population. According to the American Heart Association, for the 60 to 79-year-old age group, 70.2% of men and 70.9% of women have some form of cardiovascular disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 38% (among men and women over 60) are considered obese. Of persons ages 65 or older, 49.6% ever have doctor-diagnosed arthritis to some degree and about 20% have some form of fibromyalgia. Of these conditions, many doctors have suggested diets and exercises as part of a relief and maintenance regimen.
Approximately 75 million people are over 60, according to AARP. Most can develop active lifestyles.
Aiming toward the development of endurance among human skeletal muscles appear to indicate that, over time, lean muscle tissue will replace body fat percentages.
Obesity and aches at ages over 50 may be associated with decreases in key hormonal changes that occur in women and also men. The get-up-and-go drive delivered by adrenaline is specially noted in long-term memory storage and reaction to stimuli (as part of the stress cycle. As a hormone, adrenaline helps activate body and mind and, while endurance and stamina may help increase adrenal activity naturally. While there are many nutritional supplements that report aiding the production of adrenaline, efficacy and quality aren’t always assured. When playing with hormones, seek help from a physician.
In the baby-boomer over 60 generation that are healthy seem to know that endurance and stamina are crucial. We see many communities that cater to active adults by providing safe fitness and recreation facilities. Unlike the movies of yesteryear, there are more active adults than any previous generation engaging in endurance and stamina activities. Unfortunately, only 35 – 44% of adults 75 years or older are physically active, and 28-34% of adults ages 65-74 are physically active. Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day; only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. In 2013, research found adults in the following states to be most likely to report exercising 3 or more days a week for at least 30 minutes: Vermont (65.3%), Hawaii (62.2%), Montana (60.1%), Alaska (60.1%). The least likely were Delaware (46.5%), West Virginia (47.1%) and Alabama (47.5%). The national average for regular exercise is 51.6% (among all ages). Activity and diet may account for younger attitudes at older ages within a healthy peer group.
Adopting a lifestyle to increase endurance and stamina at age 60 from previously low or zero activity levels is a difficult challenge. With chronic aches and pains…overwhelming. Old habits die hard. New habits are even harder to form. Yet when doctors take a stricter tone that your lack of endurance and stamina may be fatal, you might try. When you realize your clothes sizes are shifting to big-and-tall or plus-sizes, that may be even more daunting. Developing endurance and stamina via routine activities three-times weekly requires constant motivation and stubbornness to move from low to moderate to high. Increasing endurance and stamina at or over 60 is difficult but very possible. You will notice a significant differences within a year.
A senior fitness program called Silver Sneakers is available at many gyms across the country, It consists of classes that cater to people over 60. Silver Sneakers enables seniors to access gyms at around $25 per year. Membership? Many insurance carriers and supplemental plans cover Silver Sneakers programs. But…Medicare Advantage plans may cover SilverSneakers. SilverSneakers is considered a basic fitness service and Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, does not cover this benefit. However, Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, may provide this benefit.
Many Supplemental Medicare insurance plans do cover Silver Sneakers programs, based by States. You might seek this benefit if you are searching for supplement plans to Medicare.
Silver Sneakers isn’t absolutely necessary, You can seek and boost endurance and stamina from home and exercise seated or standing. YouTube is a massive source of exercise videos. What you need to do is simply say you will. For starters both endurance and stamina can be developed following activity routines two or three times a week. Endurance and stamina over 60? Beyond the pains, possibilities exist.
Beyond gyms and exercises, many hail the virtues of Walking For Health. While many people have mobile disabilities, if you can walk 20 to 30 minutes per day, it offers many benefits at any age.
Sadly there are those who are disabled by various different diseases that are beyond the scope of cure or treatment. Some seek adaptive sports (such as wheelchair basketball) as exercise options. Not many can adapt. Those that do are exceptional at overcoming impossible challenges to be active again.
Being over 60 may seem challenging itself. Developing endurance and stamina through routine activity may seem challenging. It may even feel challenging. You can treat and heal many of your woes and anxieties by getting you and your body to move almost every day. The sun will come out. Celebrate it by taking some time to be active each day.
Transitioning to regular diet and activity routines require concerted efforts to break old habits, preferences, and tastes. In addition to muscle aches and excess weight, prevalent within mostly sedentary work groups and lifestyles, those transitions may be painful. Learning to develop endurance and stamina toward and over age 60 are fundamental to assure comfortable longevity. Yet, in retirement, that endurance and stamina activity are essential to deliver more satisfying years and happier living.
At older ages, routine activities help elevate moods and outlooks. It even may help reduce aches and pains. Developing endurance and stamina over 60, as impossible as it seems, is very possible. It doesn’t require much effort. All you have to do is make the choice to activate your body almost each day. Overcoming challenges may reap many rewards. Soon you’ll forget that you are exercising.
It’s all part of (trying) to live happily after.