I know one 65yr old woman who had lots of pain in her hips and legs but her muscles are so atrophied from a lifetime without exercise. What is causing her pain and what can i do for her? Another woman in her sixties is walking 45mins a day since her husband died of heart complications. She want to avoid the same fate but she gets so tired after her walks. What is going on? Shouldn’t walking make people feel invigorated and happy?
The question about tiredness, and the question about pain can be looked at separately.
Any new activity, or increase in activity puts additional demands on the body. In time the body tends to adapt. With a body that has been sedentary for a long time, has chronic health conditions, or is older that adaptation can take longer, and may be more limited in some ways. This is why many trainers and exercise pros suggest starting a new program slowly and allowing the person (muscles, cardiovascular system, and so on) to work up to longer, harder workouts bit by bit…. especially if they are older. It is also helpful to remember that they probably need to take breaks when needed, hydrate regularly, stretch if the muscles get tired, and so on. And the most important thing I would say is for that person to talk to their health care provider, to make sure there is no underlaying health problem.
If there is pain that is absolutely the place to start. A fitness professional cannot diagnose a medical condition. Once a health professional can identify any underlying conditions and give the ok for a fitness program a fitness professional can help guide the person to a good program for their fitness and physical health.
On another note, a person who has suffered a great loss is to be commended for striving to put healthy positive activities in her life. I wonder if she is able to find walking partners, or a walking group. I have found with my older students that the community is as important as the activity. In any case I send my wishes that she treat herself with gentleness and kindness and hopes that she find the tiredness in time gives way to glow.