Vigorous Activity?

by Lois Etienne on October 28, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Okay, I’m taking a detour today. That last piece I published got me to thinking…what does 60 to 90 minutes of vigorous activity daily look like? Well, my best example is my 82 year old father. This is a gentleman who spent 24 years in the Army, then the next 24 years as a pastor. He’s retired now, has had a major heart attack AND has had a brain tumor removed but he still walks 3-5 miles a day, almost rain or shine!

I recently asked him what he thinks is most different for him now versus 20 years ago and his remark was, “I work smarter, not harder.” (I forgot to mention that he had his heart attack as he was struggling to get several hundred pounds of cement up a driveway in a wheelbarrow!) Oh, and he now stays off of ladders that lead to rooftops!

So, with Dad as my hero and the news that I need that much vigorous activity, I’m going to take up something like running marathons, kickboxing or rock climbing! I’ll let you know how it goes!

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