I’m 62 years old, in good health. I exercise five days a week for about an hour and a half. I use the treadmill for nearly an hour, at 3.7 mph. I then use five fitness machines, two for legs and three for arms. I also eat a healthy diet. Am I doing too much or not enough?
Congratulations! You’re doing an excellent job with your fitness routine. You are at the maximum level of fitness for an individual your age. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that people weight train two to three times per week, and engage in aerobic activities most days of the week (five to six days) for 20 to 60 minutes each session.
I would make sure that you’re doing enough stretching in your program. Stretching can take as little as five to ten minutes, but it can provide numerous benefits to the body.
Here are a couple other recourses I can recommend:
- The health and wellness information center for seniors from the National Institutes of Health.
- The senior life resource center for older adults from Get Tips.
- About.com’s senior health section.
I hope you keep up the good work. You are a wonderful role model for all of us to follow!