This is a great and inspirational thread that somehow I hadn't seen until this week.
I love my running. I'm age 55 and went for a 'age 50 check up' and essentially was told to buck up, and since then try to do a run or gym every day but it ends up being about 5 out of 7 most weeks. If I run every day I 'jar' my joints so restrict it to one run a week, through fields and tracks- 2 miles- which I time, and the rest is cross trainer, cycle etc.
The point of this is that I was told by my cardiologist, that from the age of 50 your muscles start diminishing, and in about 20 seconds told me a few things that made me think.
1) The muscle that you should exercise every day is the one you cannot see-- your heart . Everything else will improve around that.
2) You should do a 'full body exercise' such as running, swimming. x trainer etc.
3) You should do 30 minutes every day, 10 minutes getting up to a sweat, then maintain it for 20 mins. (Once you get quite fit, you have to work quite hard to get there)
4) Health for over 50's is 20% what you do, and 80% what you eat.
I would add that the biggest obstacle to all this is getting injured. Avoid it!!
Keep it going!!
Do you have a park run near were you live , if you do get yourself a bar code printed from the park run web site and have a go . 5k (3.1miles)run .I'm coming up to my 150th run . 1st time was about 30mins over the years have got it down to about 23 minutes , taking about 26 minutes fro my last six runs . All shapes and sizes take part from very fast runners to people walking the route . The information they get from your bar code is superb , plus its free .