I did 5 minutes on the "step mill", 15 minutes on an elliptical trainer and 10 minutes on the treadmill, which adds up to 10 minutes of cardio. I SHOULD do some ab exercises and upper body work with free weights when I get home.
It really makes me uncomfortable to see so many old women stark naked. In the mornings, they get their water aerobics class in and there are many retirement/assisted living homes in the area from which residents come for workouts. I was the only one in my gym class in high school to change clothes in the dressing room toilet stall. So, I guess a sense of modesty isn't something that is lost with age. At my school, we didn't shower, so I never was stripped down to less than bra and panties, but STILL!!! I didn't want to be exposed. back then and I was slender and my skin was undimpled and clung tightly to my muscles. Now, there is much too much of me. I have a pendulous abdomen (I stretched beyond hope with my 1st pregnancy) and multiple fat rolls on my back. They have little curtained areas at the Y, which I take advantage of if I'm changing and I wish other women did. I don't even want to see MYSELF naked!
There is an absolutely adorable 79 year old who I met here last year and who inspired me to get into her regular aerobics class. I was walking behind this silver haired woman with an amazing figure, beautiful carriage, and a spring in her step and I had to stop her and say, "Excuse me, I just wanted to let you know that I want to look like you." I didn't realize how old she was till she turned around, and I still didn't realize how old she was. I'd have guessed late 60's, not late 70's. If not for her silver hair, I'd thought she was in her 20's just looking from the back. She was of French extraction and said she'd always eaten reasonably healthy and had been working out since she was 30. Let me tell you, it has paid off! She is positively radiant. She always wears long tights, and long sleeved shirts. She wears a lot of spandex. I think she uses the upstairs dressing room while I use the one near the pool. I have never seen her naked, and don't want to even though she is probably one of the most beautiful and fit 79 year old women around. I don't think there is a lot you can do to avoid the loss of elasticity in the skin (I'm sure poor diet makes it worse) and my young-looking friend may have flappy bat-wing arms, but you'd never know it for sure.
I am not going to say right now what my exercise or weight loss goals are. I want to exercise "most days" and not over-eat.
I think I'll start a diet and exercise thread in my forum.