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View Poll Results: When did you slow down from "go-go" to "slow-go?"
Younger than 65 27 44.26%
Age 65-69 10 16.39%
Age 70-74 14 22.95%
Age 75-79 8 13.11%
Age 80 or over 2 3.28%
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Old 11-17-2020, 09:17 PM   #21
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I'm 59, retired a little over a year, and feel I'm in the slow-go mode already. I don't think I ever had a go-go mode. Even just hearing the phrase "go-go" makes me feel tired. I am healthy enough to travel all over and hike a bunch of mountains, but that seems like a lot of work on my part. I do ride a bike, but it's one of those relaxed casual models, not the racing type.

Slowing down is one of the benefits of retirement, I think. Taking it easy. Taking your time. It's like the bumper sticker I saw: "I'm retired. Go around." I'm going to have to get me one of those.
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Old 11-18-2020, 08:06 PM   #22
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I am 61. I used to run full and half marathons until 5 years ago when my knees began to hurt. Now I switch to walking and swimming with an occasional bike ride. None of my parents and siblings lead active life style and I noticed they began slowing down after 72. It motivates me and DW to remain active and maintain wellness for as long as we can.
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Not sure I was ever in a go-go state, but did well through my 60s. I was still rehabing in that decade. I think it's this year - primarily due to Covid shut down that I feel I've entered the slow-go phase. I have at least some hopes that that will change whenever we get the virus under control. I will say that pain levels (due to arthritis, muscle atrophy, etc.) can slow one down before their "time" but YMMV.
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Old 11-19-2020, 06:58 PM   #24
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When did you slow down?

Iíve been slowing down for the past 30 years. Fastest marathon time was 30 years ago at age 35. Marathon 4 years ago was 42 minutes slower. 5 kís since have been getting slower. Biking and hiking are slowing gradually.

So I canít pinpoint a time that I started slowing down. Seems like Iíve been slowing down most of my adult life.
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Old 11-19-2020, 07:27 PM   #25
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I'm 63 and haven't noticed any slowing down yet. I go do what I did when I was 40 without any noticeable handicaps yet.
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Old 11-20-2020, 05:33 AM   #26
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Not yet, Iím only 61. So couldnít answer the poll. Iím hoping to get to 80 before seriously slowing. That seems to match many that I know.
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I'm 64 and try to maintain 10000 steps per day. The real estate business makes me get off my butt and engage society. If the gyms ever reopen this might be the year I finally join one.
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Old 11-20-2020, 07:15 AM   #28
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Right now I am 82.
After 45 years of flying, I hung up my wings last year

I'm just 63, but I told my spouse I'd stop flying when I couldn't pull the plane with a tow bar.... might have to get a lighter plane someday! Glad you have the memories of 45 flying years. I'm up to 31.
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I know I've said this before, but...if you're late 50s to mid 60s, you may as well (in most cases), say you're 17.
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This has been a very gradual process over the last 20 years. At 50, when I retired, I began to ease up on workouts, primarily cutting back on the miles I run per week and began avoiding running on pavement, stuck to trails and grass. Less miles also meant not entering road races. Never stopped running regularly though. In early-60s had a very bad case of tendonitis which stopped the running and back packing for two years so did even more on the bicycle. About 65 eye sight problems forced me to stop driving at night. Mid 60s back to running and back packing. Late 60s knee and hip problems forced me to cut back frequency and distance. This past summer I would go run forest trails at least once a week for 2-4 miles, mow the lawn with a push mower, and go for 2-3 12+ mile bike rides per week, and a couple of walks/hikes per week of 2-4 miles. Yesterday and today the temps are near 60 so will go for a 12+ bike ride this afternoon, potentially the last of the season as my task for tomorrow is to rearrange the garage and check out out the snow blower. Had heart by-pass surgery about a year ago. When I asked the doc if I should avoid any activities due to heart issues, he said I have no limitations, I could start marathon training if I desired. Of course, the joints would not allow that to happen. At the time of the heart attack, I recognized what was happening (was an EMT/ paramedic 40 years ago) and received immediate medical attention such that there was virtually no heart damage, not detectable on EKG or echocardiogram. Not yet at the go-slow stage, just going slower stage.
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We're turning 70 shortly. While still go go (other than no travel) I'm slowing down a bit. Mtn biking speeds off a bit, more because I'm afraid of accumulating more injuries than inability to put out the effort. DW won't go a day without "closing the red circle" on her A watch at 400 active calories. While I can forgo closing mine now and then, feel better, a lot better, if I get the exercise. While maintaining physical health is a goal for both of us, the price to me for backing off is I just slide back into mental malaise. I know one of these days I'm going to be unable to maintain that endorphin boost and I truly fear what it will be like.
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Not yet, Iím only 61. So couldnít answer the poll. Iím hoping to get to 80 before seriously slowing. That seems to match many that I know.
I'm with you, but it might be too optimistic. Based on the poll results so far, about 90% slowed down by 70-74.
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I retired at 51 and actually sped up for a few years. I wasn’t tied to a desk or inside a cylindrical tube at 35,000 feet hurtling to my next destination. I had time to be more physical, focus on healthy activity and meals, etc. I ran a lot more and lost weight. But in my 56th year I got clobbered by the big C for a bit and was forced to slow down for a while. Once rectified, I got back at it. That said, my flat feet and collapsing arches make it more difficult to be as “go-go” as I was. I don’t think I’m in the slow-go stage yet, but I can’t deny that my “go” is a tad slower than it was. I can still get done the things I want to get done, but I can’t run as far (I skipped the half marathon in February this year) and my 5k times are only “half-fast” (read that really quickly....and you’ll get my drift). What is most startling to me is how stiff I get if I sit (as in driving) for long periods.
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I'm with you, but it might be too optimistic. Based on the poll results so far, about 90% slowed down by 70-74.
Maybe, but my Dad didnít really slow much until just after he turned 80. He was still super active in his early 70s, and so are many of our neighbors.
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:45 AM   #35
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I guess it depends on the definition of "slowing down". People who can sprint without risking injury after age 50 are extremely rare and I'm not one of them. But at age 58 this past summer among other things I easily walked 36 holes of golf several times, spent 10 hours shingling roofs on 3 separate occasions, and shoveled gravel for 6 hours one day with no soreness after.
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Play a vigorous game of Pickleball 5 to 6x weekly for 3 hours daily at age 60.
However, I am definitely more sore than I was even 2 years ago.
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I have been retired a year, and although I still have high energy, my DH is suffering long term side effects from some spinal cord bruising due to cervical compression...so that limits some of our activities. I find that if I try to do 2-3 20 minute increments of physical activity per day it is easier to stick to...I do a 15-20 morning swim 5-6 days per week, and 2 or 3 short bicycle rides (after lunch and after dinner)...this gives me some structure to my day. I had hoped to work part time for a few years but until there is vaccine for COVID I am very way of interacting with people more than I need to. I have taken up some creative outlets, like mosaic tiles on our steps, which is giving me a sense of accomplishment.
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Still going strong at 66. I try not to use the ďI canít do that anymoreĒ excuse. I have had 3 knuckles in my fingers fused due to osteoarthritis, but they work well and NO PAIN !! (Just have to get thicker grips on my golf clubs). I know slowing down is inevitable, but I hope to push it back as long as possible. I am anxious to put Covid behind us so that we can get back to traveling 😂
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My wife and I are in our mid to late sixties and are more active than ever, just doing different activities. We used to play a lot of tennis, but that was hard on the body. Now we walk, swim and cycle. We are planning to travel quite a bit once it’s safe to do so. I’m hoping to keep this up until our early eighties, but who knows?
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I put 75-79, because we have not reached 80. However, we still have not slowed down precipitatously.
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