Carla Langridge is a 76 year old personal trainer who can run rings around her grand children. She is still working more actively than most, was an opera singer in her youth and is a force to be reckoned with.
Maintaining muscle mass and bone density are a safeguard in an aging body. A certain amount of pride / vanity helps with motivation.
I live in a 76 yr old body, I bruise easily, have wrinkles and sunspots and do a 'crossword' after lunch. But I take no medication, no pills or potions of any kind. In that, I am an exception, but the reasons are not exceptional.
My weight and body fat are below average and I exercise 6 days a week -
only for 30 or 40 mins a day. I beat a hasty path to my physio if I feel something is not right, an injury at any age is a setback, but in old age it can soon become permanent.
Time or lack of it is the reason most people use for not exercising consistently. Not knowing what you are doing and the cost of joining a gym are others.
As you get fitter and stronger, increase the intensity to 20 seconds and recover for 40 seconds or 30:30, maybe 10 times etc. That amounts to a 10 min walk.
Exercising is 'intensity based 'not time based. The variations are endless but the fundamentals stay the same: raise your heart rate for a short period, recover and repeat. It can be applied to any activity: indoor cycling, skipping, stair climbing, swimming, weight training etc.
Only and always exercise in a safe environment and if it is safe for you to do so.
If you need more inspiration or ideas I am contactable, but for now au revoir, have to get back to my French studies.
(PS. Did I mention that I am a PT, Pilates and Spin instructor.)