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Old 04-24-2016, 10:36 PM
 
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57 here and I know I'm getting old when I get nostalgic about being able to pee quickly and easily and being able to sleep 8 hours straight. The eyesight is getting weaker, especially for reading but I still resist bifocals. Otherwise, I'm in decent shape.

At 5'10" and 173 lbs, still lean and firm. I lift weights regularly, with the heaviest weights I can without straining myself. I have no wrinkles or liver spots anywhere on my face, neck or arms. The hairline has receded and thinned out but still have a decent head of hair that's mostly black with a little gray sprinkled here and there.

I don't kid myself though, I'm still old although perception varies among ages. To a 75 year old, I'm a young fella. To a 35 year old, I'm a senior citizen. To a 25 year old, I'm an old coot. To a 15 year old, I'm grandpa.

To most females under the age of 40, I'm the invisible man. Just another old person they don't see. That can be tough because the part of me that admires youthful beauty hasn't changed.

At the risk of sounding pervy, I was at a health club the other day and happened to be walking behind 2 female lifeguards who couldn't have been older than 20. I couldn't help but glance at the shapely rear ends peeking from their swimsuits. Yes, it was a beautiful sight. Just another reminder that although a lot of things do change as you age, some things never do.
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:14 PM
 
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I was at a party recently. There were three generations there. The youngest were some kids who'd accompanied their parents. The parents of the kids were older Millennials. Then, there were us old farts. While we don't have kids, we were most obviously in affinity with the grandparents in attendance.

Arrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhh!

Maybe I'll skip the 40th HS reunion early next decade.
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:26 PM
 
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Going to the 45th high school graduation reunion...and recognizing classmates only because they brought their children with them...IOW, recognizing their children.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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This really hits a nerve. I feel old because my knees hurt. And my legs around my knees hurt. I can't move like I think I should be able to. I've been working out--walking and doing exercises on Nautulis machines. But nothing really gives me lasting improvement.
The muscles that support your knees can get tight and tweak your patella out of position, creating pain. Working out won't fix that. Two things help me and greatly lessen my knee pain:

1. Taking a seated full-body stretch from head to toe several times a day. I do this just before I get up from the sofa.

2. Using a foam roller for myofascial release. I use one on my IT band. Or you can use a tennis ball and roll it firmly on the muscle areas just above and below your knees. Don't use it on bony places.

A trainer can show you how to do this properly.

We stiffen up as we age and sometimes we need help getting and staying flexible. For me, feeling not-old is being physically active without pain.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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The muscles that support your knees can get tight and tweak your patella out of position, creating pain. Working out won't fix that. Two things help me and greatly lessen my knee pain:

1. Taking a seated full-body stretch from head to toe several times a day. I do this just before I get up from the sofa.

2. Using a foam roller for myofascial release. I use one on my IT band. Or you can use a tennis ball and roll it firmly on the muscle areas just above and below your knees. Don't use it on bony places.

A trainer can show you how to do this properly.

We stiffen up as we age and sometimes we need help getting and staying flexible. For me, feeling not-old is being physically active without pain.
I think my knee pains is probably chondromalacia because of flat, pronating feet. I do appreciate your advice but I don't really understand it. If you had links with diagrams, that might be helpful. I can't even imagine what foam roller I would use for "myofascial release". Or what an IT band is.

I don't have a trainer.

Thanks.
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:34 AM
 
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Just realized that I am wearing sneakers more often.

I always refused to wear sneakers with jeans or anything else unless it was for exercise. Now eeeekkkkk - here I am with five new pairs in vibrant colors and wearing them almost daily.
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Old 04-28-2016, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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My beard has been completely white for several years, so the option of growing one is off the table.
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Something always hurts. My body remembers every injury and insult it's ever received.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:20 AM
 
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Something always hurts. My body remembers every injury and insult it's ever received.
Yes, they start coming back on you in your fifties.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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When I catch myself starting to say "When I was younger..." and I realize that my experiences are not really relevant to today's youth. And I'm only 57.
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