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For my 56th birthday

Postby dave54 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:34 pm

I just did 56 nonstop pushups, then immediately plopped over and did 60 situps nonstop. According to the on-line fitness calculators, these are the 100th percentile for a 56 year old male in both tests. Of course, I have been building up to this for 6 months...

and my shoulders are now sore.
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Re: For my 56th birthday

Postby ERIC » Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:55 pm

Happy birthday, Dave. At 34 years young, I don't think I could do much better than that (sit-ups, probably even less). Impressive!
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Re: For my 56th birthday

Postby BSquared » Tue May 04, 2010 6:54 pm

Yes, happy birthday! I'm planning to run (well, OK, jog) 65 "laps" for my 65th this coming October (that'll be 16 1/4 miles, right?). Sounds like a loooong way to me, but we'll see... ;) I figure going public like this will encourage me to actually do it... :whistle:
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Re: For my 56th birthday

Postby mokelumnekid » Mon May 10, 2010 8:56 pm

Thanks for that I need the motivation. I did the same on my 50th, but at 57 now welcome these new challanges. Exercise is the key to a quality life, that and a loving partner/companion.
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Re: For my 56th birthday

Postby dave54 » Fri May 14, 2010 8:20 pm

mokelumnekid wrote:... that and a loving partner/companion.


My wife is still (so far) putting up with me disappearing into the back bedroom (now my 'gym') for over an hour each night after work. It has paid off.

About a year ago my blood test said triglycerides were over 500 :eek: . Thinking it was a bad test, I had it retested a month later. 298. :eek: :eek: Oddly enough, everything else was in normal range. But it was a wake up call. I also realized I was already older than my father when he had his first heart attack. So I began to work out and pay more attention to my diet.(an active physical career with the FS for 30 years until I retired, but then took a desk job, and, well, my body slowly slipped away). My workouts were sporadic at first, then began getting serious around November. My blood test 3 weeks ago was excellent (triglycerides 67!) with all other values well within normal range. Also dropped over 20 pounds.
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Re: For my 56th birthday

Postby mokelumnekid » Fri May 14, 2010 11:04 pm

Dave- that is terrific news! Strive for balance and stick with it....I've been able to work out somewhat regularly for the last 20 years, tho the type and intensity has varied a lot. The challenge is always trying to keep it interesting. I'm lucky in that my wife is a pretty serious athlete and so brings that to our outdoor activities. Plus she is an amazing low-fat cook, so the diet part is good.

But my point is only that good on ya. Life is for the living! These reports remind us that activity is the key to a lot of things.
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Re: For my 56th birthday

Postby dave54 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:00 am

Birthday #60
60 non-stop pushups.

I would like to add all were good form gym teacher perfect. But I would be fibbing. The last few were a sloppy struggle.
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Re: For my 56th birthday

Postby maverick » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:26 am

Congratulations Dave! Exercise makes the quality of our lives so much better in
every which way you can imagine, but especially in prolonging our backpacking
careers. ;)
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Re: For my 56th birthday

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:39 pm

You have me beat. I'm lucky if I can do 10 pushups. For some reason that set of muscles does not work well for me.
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Re: For my 56th birthday

Postby sparky » Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:54 pm

Hope you had a happy birthday!
There is a million ways to be human, all are worthwhile.

True happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.
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Re: For my 56th birthday

Postby RichardCullip » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:08 pm

60 at 60 - Impressive and inspirational. Happy Birthday!
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Re: For my 56th birthday

Postby Shawn » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:58 pm

Great job David ! =D>
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