Getting Fit After 70 – Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

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I’m sure most people have heard the old adage, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. This is something I believed to be true. Well, my previous thoughts were so very wrong! Getting fit after 70 is not only possible but a wise decision at any age.

Getting Fit After 70

Being 71, I never thought I’d be anything more than that plump grandmom. Sitting to the side watching her grandchildren do things I once did.  Well, my mindset needed to change and I’m so thankful it did.

Getting Fit After 70

The hardest part of getting back into “shape” was accepting the fact that all of this didn’t happen overnight. It’s not like some magician came in and used some wizardry to make me plump and very out of shape.  Oh no, this was ALL me!  I stuffed my face with just one more bowl of ice cream or ate just a few more cookies. I’d eat fast food and not think twice about how it was packing on the pounds and body fat.  Well, the light bulb came on in! I decided that not only was I gaining way too much weight, but I was also literally hurting myself physically. 

Fat Didn’t Happen Overnight

This journey I’m on is not happening overnight just like getting to this point didn’t in the first place.  Food choices were my first challenge. Eating healthier was never in my vocabulary and is something that I still struggle with at times.  I still hear the ice cream in the freezer calling my name. Now, other than birthday celebrations, I try to not listen.

It’s important to know that you can make these changes possible. Each ounce you lose is a step in the right direction.  There will be times when the scale is definitely not your friend. Days where you feel like sending it flying out a window.  Just a bit of advice though, don’t do that unless you open the window first.  🤪 

Really though, keep the scale. The longer you are on your journey to the new you, the more you’ll be glad you did.

Make Healthy Food Choices

Start your day with some inspiration, a quote or devotion, to get you in the right frame of mind.  A healthy breakfast, drop that danish or donut they are not your friends!  Add some fruit and if you want bread, choose a multigrain or low-fat choice.

Most importantly, write down what you eat. Counting calories and weighing yourself every day will help you keep on track to a better and healthier you.

Getting Fit after 70 is a Struggle Every Day

Getting started on a plan for a new you when you’re a senior citizen is tough.  With age, comes wisdom, so I’ve heard.  Well maybe not until it smacks you upside your head! 

No one really wants to be unhealthy or out of shape. It’s mentally hard being unable to do everyday things. Not fun struggling because you don’t have the strength, energy or your body is not healthy enough.  I was feeling like that and believe me, it was quite unpleasant. ☹️  But you can change!  I’m doing it now and I haven’t felt this good physically in years.  My diet, although it could still use some tweaking, is much better. I have chosen walking as my daily exercise.

No Longer Considered Obese

With dieting, keep in mind that all calories count.  That one chip or a small piece of chocolate needs to be added to your daily food diary.  I understand totally how it can be such a pain to write every little thing down. By doing so though, you can actually see the calories you are eating every day.  It was and still is an eye-opener for me.  It took a while to adjust my intake and to keep my calories where I needed them. The toughest part was It was looking at some of the height and weight charts. To see where I was on their scale, and seeing obese was not a pleasant sight.  Talk about an eye-opener!

Height and Weight Chart

I’m very happy to report that although I’m not at my goal yet, I’m no longer in the “obese” category.  Yay me!  I have a long way to go and depending on your goal, you may have a long way too.  Just don’t give up!  Know in your heart and soul that you’re doing this to live a better life.  I’ve been at it for six months and trust me, it’s worth it, or should I say I’m Worth It!

Setting Smaller Goals Makes Them More Realistic

Start by setting your short-term goal.  Saying I need to lose 50 pounds is daunting, to say the least.  Instead say, I need to lose 5 pounds or 10 pounds, shorter goals make the end result seem doable. No matter how long it takes to lose those pounds doesn’t matter so much as actually making the effort.  If you need positive reinforcement, post inspirational sayings around your house. Seeing a positive message when you wake up each day sets the tone for the day. 

Give it your best each and every day. Try keeping a healthy habits list. Show them you’re not an old dog and that you’re ready for those new tricks. Hop on that scale, take that walk, do that yoga routine. Whatever keeps you motivated is your new trick for today and another tip for getting fit after 70!

Remember…Everyday is a new beginning. Take a deep breath, smile and start again! 


This article is one of many written by my 71 year old mother who began transforming her health. Her journey is real and the struggles are hard, but she pushes forward every day.


Jamie Wilkinson

Hey! My name is Jamie and welcome to Surviving the Day. I'm a jack of all trades but master of none. I love learning new things and living a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully, you'll find some of the information I share useful to you and your family. Feel free to drop me a line and I'll be sure to respond!

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