I am 68 next month, 199 lbs, 5ft 11 and play tennis usually 4 days a week and also play on a competitive team. I injured my wrist, had to see 3 different doctors just to be comfortable, (that's another story on ageing) and I did not play for 2 1/2 months. We have a built in Video system for at our tennis club and my first game back I was shocked at how I looked. I knew I would have to build back my game but when I looked at myself I was stooped over and shuffling like an old man. I have always been into nutrition from Juice fasting to vegetarianism, on and off with my weight fluctuating. I joined a treadmill group at our Lifetime Fitness and won the 90 day challenge going from 215 to 185. It did not stick, all I want to do on a treadmill is look at the clock for it to be over. I knew I had lost most of my muscle mass and I also I hate working out although knew one day I would have to get into free weights. I bought a great book at the 1/2 price book store on beginning weight lifting and reloaded my fitness pal and went to work. For some reason I took to the weights and even there were a few days I did not want to go I worked out anyway. I don't know why but I love the weights. In the beginning I was only able to lift 7.5 lbs above my head, My weight started at 211 lbs, 40 pants. After 5 weeks I am at 199 lbs, on my last belt buckle notch and I am wearing 36 pants. That's all nice and I want to be lean with definition not bulk around 175lbs or lower. but here are the real gifts for me. This is what I could not do before I started the weights and change of lifestyle.
Balance on one foot while putting on my pants.
Get out of the car without grabbing the sides.
Rise from a chair without pushing up.
Comfortably bend over to tie my shoes, trim my toenails and put on my socks.
Stand up straight with good posture. ( I bent over and shuffled)
Lift numerous bags of 100 lb potatoes at the food pantry as I was the only male volunteer.
Jump off the ground (haven't done it in years) to hit a overhead smash in tennis.
I am sure I have forgotten a few things but that is what comes to mind. I lift weights 3X a week, do a spin class every once in a a while, (music and very pretty rear ends), and play tennis around 4 days a week. I really watch my food with the fitness pal.
It is going to be a great ski year!