What’s a good exercise prescription for a healthy man in his 80s?
The physical fitness requirements of an 80-year-old and an 18-year-old is pretty much the same. The only difference is the degree. You need strength, stamina and flexibility, coordination and balance as much as an athlete training for the Olympics, except your requirements of all those components of fitness is to an extent that will keep you independent and medication-free. So if all your health parameters are good enough and you have medical clearance for exercise, please do so. Start with a trained professional and under supervision, at least till you are confident to do so on your own. Walking, yoga and some light weight training to strengthen your muscles would go a long way in improving your physical fitness and keeping you healthy and diseasefree. A balanced nutrition plan will also complement your health benefits.
Vinata Shetty, ACE, ACSM Certified, Reebok Master Trainer solves your workout dilemmas