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Old 07-05-2007, 02:25 PM
 
Location: VA
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I wonder some time what age a person is at their physical peak. The age a person feels the best, looks the best, has the best endurance, the least aches and pains, and body and mind is the sharpest. Then what is the age you start to go downhill. Ideas?
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Old 07-05-2007, 05:57 PM
 
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Default At what age did your body start to go downhill?

Well, that is a very open ended question. A lot of when you begin to feel your age I believe has to do with your physical fitness level, psychological equilibrium, health, genetics, etc. I personally began noticing things in my 40's. My vision was getting a little worse every few years, body would ache more doing things I used to do with no problem, wasn't able to handle quite as spicy food as I used to, things like that. I really began to feel a difference in my early 50's. I just turned 54 and absolutely feel different than I used to and so does my husband who is one year older than myself. It is kind of sad and often mentally hard to grasp because you still feel young mentally, but you just have to accept it as part of the natural process of age.
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Mine started to go downhill about 17. I had a serious injury and was never the same after.
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:04 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Well, that is a very open ended question. A lot of when you begin to feel your age I believe has to do with your physical fitness level, psychological equilibrium, health, genetics, etc. I personally began noticing things in my 40's. My vision was getting a little worse every few years, body would ache more doing things I used to do with no problem, wasn't able to handle quite as spicy food as I used to, things like that. I really began to feel a difference in my early 50's. I just turned 54 and absolutely feel different than I used to and so does my husband who is one year older than myself. It is kind of sad and often mentally hard to grasp because you still feel young mentally, but you just have to accept it as part of the natural process of age.
I agree wholeheartedly with crayola - I would LOVE to be 40 again! Working in the yard is now work sometimes...my fatigue level seems higher. I keep waiting on the magic turn - I hear your 50's can be your best - so far, I'm not impressed... Having had cancer at 44, though, I'm just thankful to be on the planet!

I think that's another thing about growing older that takes it's toll on you - friends get sick with "old people" diseases...some days I just feel old - and then I look in the mirror and wonder where that young girl that was a size 2 went to....the answer is obviously that she took a field trip to the Old and Fat Farm!
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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I really think I peaked physically at 45, I was doing a lot of physical work, weighed more, but was stronger and healthier. Now I am 54 and thinner but noticing "things" I don't like. People say I look really young, but you are the one who has to be in your body, be it thin or more than you would like, the important thing is health and I'm trying to get there...
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:14 PM
 
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Definitely the 50's I seem to be plagued with the deseases my parents had, but I personally don't like this 50's age group, it can take a horrible toll on a person. Some of us will retire, many of us find it is the age period where our parents become ill and we lose them, as I did 9 months apart. It is also the age we find that if we want to work part time after retiring still young, many will not hire us. All of these issues take a toll on a person, and contribute to the body going downhill. However you cope with it and get thru it and head into your 60's, cause there is no other options.
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Tolland County- Northeastern CT
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I saw changes around 39-40; like I passed a kidney stone.
Around 49 slight decline in sexual urges; more around 53 (I am 55 now) Though I enjoy sex now more I had 10 years ago- even though I have it less.

Diagnosed with high blood pressure at 50 (my dad had the disease) Also diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (dad had that as well)

Body heals slower from injury now then 10 years ago.
Weight gain is quicker for me (especially 50 and over)
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:22 PM
 
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I was much more active till I really became glued to my desk in the past 8 years. I have seriously noticed changes in the past 2 yrs.

When you become inactive but don't cut your vices ....I think it's like sudden meltdown when you least expect it. :-)
Not cute.......Heading back to the gym.
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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It was all over after puberty hit...
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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58 and counting...still no sign of going downhill!

Franco
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