Fit at 70 – Update #1


In May 2016, I launched an exercise program:

  • Focusing on being fit (or fitter) at 70
  • Committing to reporting every six months (or more often if, you know, some big improvement warranted that)

Ta da. Or not.

I kept it up for a while and then life intervened.

Five weeks ago, I relaunched my exercise program. After the first three days, I scaled back my implementation (along with my expectations) so as not to hurt myself.

This weekend marks three weeks on the full program: Monday to Saturday, I complete two rounds of three sets of weight-training exercises (upper body, core, lower body) on alternating days, along with some flexibility and balance exercises. I take one day off every week.


I’ve increased the weight I’m lifting in one or two exercises, and I’ve seen some improvement in my everyday: When I crouch to take a photo of something, for example, I get up a little more easily. Woohoo.

But it’s hard for me to see any improvement in my benchmark exercise: push-ups, modified to be done from the knees, not the toes. They’re still really hard and I don’t feel that I’m getting my nose any closer to the mat.

However, I had committed to reporting every six months, so I figured I’d better get at it, even though I’m three months late. When I look at the video evidence (just under 2 minutes), it does seem to me that maybe I’ve made some progress.

Ta da, indeed.


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2 Responses to Fit at 70 – Update #1

  1. Alison says:

    How did I miss this before?? I’ll need to catch up! by the way, you’re looking stronger – but keep those elbows tucked in 🙂

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Alison – Well, you only missed one. I’m working now on finding a way to do a full-body push-up, but only partway, rather than doing it from my knees. We’ll see how that goes. Update in May! And I’ll work on the elbows.

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