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Old 04-20-2019, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Well, thing is...I'm retired. I don't have to squeeze into a uniform, wear 50 pounds of junk around my waist and chase some 16 year old kid down an alley anymore. If I'm out of shape, have a belly, smoke too many cigars or drink too much whiskey I really don't care. Think I'll have another slice of pizza.
Um, OK, but this thread was about how if you lose your fitness, it can be a slow process to get it back (thanks, Escort Rider -- we miss you! ). It's fine that you are horribly out of shape with lots of bad habits and you simply don't care -- but this thread was I think more for those of us who DO care.

I am slowly trying to get my fitness back. I turned 60 this past January, and my general health is still good (resting heart rate tends to be 55-60, no diabetes, blood pressure on the LOW side, etc.), but my left knee has been bothersome for years, partly (I'm sure) the result of running on pavement (instead of tracks or a treadmill) for close to 20 years. I went almost exclusively to my treadmill several years ago, but much of the damage was done. This seriously sucks since running (well, jogging, I am slow! ) was for me the best stress reliever of all time, and just plain FUN. (No, it wasn't fun at all when I started, but it GOT fun as soon as I got in better shape, and then it was almost always fun.)

Mathjak, I really envy you your 4 miles every other day! Now I mostly use my treadmill for walking uphill (its incline goes up to 15 degrees), but that is SO INCREDIBLY BORING compared to running. And my knee has continued to get worse -- I think at this point it is also full of arthritis. I have a doctor's appointment this coming Tuesday and I am hoping to get a cortisone shot in the knee (my first ever) -- I am taking my students to the UK on May 12th (for 11 days) and the idea of not being able to walk well over there just makes me want to cry. So I really, really hope the shot works.

If it DOES, I will be back to gardening and working in my garage and various other projects around the house, PLUS biking and, with the doctor's OK, very very very slow jogging. I hope this is not a pipe dream ...


ETA: just read Rakin's post below mine -- it reminded me that I want to start doing YOGA as well!! There's a yoga studio in the town next to me and it's supposed to be wonderful. I am going to go this summer.

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Old 04-20-2019, 08:16 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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I do advanced yoga 3-4 times a week, occasionally lift light weights and walk several times a week. Due to the illness and death of my Mother over the last month I've not been able to or just had the mindset.

I went back to yoga 2 times this week and it kicked my butt. Most people think yoga is all about meditation, relaxation but it's not. It's probably one of the best things we seniors can do to stay healthy, flexible, balanced and strong.

Doesn't take long to lose what you have. I'm sore today but it's a good sore.
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:12 AM
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I see it where I work. It's not the fall or surgery after, but from being bed bound and/or chair bound even a few days to a week, it takes a good month(of rehab) to regain the pre-fall baseline of fitness. Depends on your baseline fitness level and age, though. These are extreme seniors, 90 +.
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:13 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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My father used to do 2 hours of yoga everyday, stress buster for him, he always twisted as a pretzel when I was in my youth, not even 10 yet. He did yoga when yoga wasn’t in vogue.
I have been doing yoga on and off since my early 20s. It doesn’t matter what you do for exercise, do something, even a little bit every day.
Btw, I have hip arthritis because I too used to pound on pavement without proper shoes in my youth, a sport, not running though. But my body is getting bettter, less pain, but I do stretch constantly. Just to give people hope, I used to NOT being able to sit 2 hours comfortably, I got all kind of weird seat to help me accommodate, then after acupuncture, I was able to sit 8-10 hours comfortably, I try everything. No surgery yet. No cortisone shot yet. I take turmeric occasionally for inflammation.
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:48 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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ETA: just read Rakin's post below mine -- it reminded me that I want to start doing YOGA as well!! There's a yoga studio in the town next to me and it's supposed to be wonderful. I am going to go this summer.
Karen... I could give up just about all other exercises and this would be the 1 I would continue. Combine this with walking and you have a pretty good regiment. Great thing is you can do it in all seasons, all weather especially you being in NH in the winter.

It's not for women only either, most of my classes have about 25% guys. You can learn to adapt it to your skill level and make it as easy or hard as you need. It can be addictive.

BTW, I'm 6'4 and 260 lbs so none of my guy friends make fun of me when I tell them I do yoga. Many of the old farts guys who can't even touch their toes have even given it a try and go regularly. It would be great if you're a golfer for flexibility.
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:11 PM
 
Location: SW US
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In March I had fairly minor surgery. I was told not to exercise for 4 or 5 days, but it became longer because I didn't recover as fast as I thought I would. I usually exercise every day. When I went back to exercising, I was really out of condition and had to go slow, or push myself hard. I'm still not 100%. It was a wake up call about what getting older means. I'll be 74 soon.
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Old 04-20-2019, 05:52 PM
 
Location: equator
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My father used to do 2 hours of yoga everyday, stress buster for him, he always twisted as a pretzel when I was in my youth, not even 10 yet. He did yoga when yoga wasn’t in vogue.
I have been doing yoga on and off since my early 20s. It doesn’t matter what you do for exercise, do something, even a little bit every day.
Btw, I have hip arthritis because I too used to pound on pavement without proper shoes in my youth, a sport, not running though. But my body is getting bettter, less pain, but I do stretch constantly. Just to give people hope, I used to NOT being able to sit 2 hours comfortably, I got all kind of weird seat to help me accommodate, then after acupuncture, I was able to sit 8-10 hours comfortably, I try everything. No surgery yet. No cortisone shot yet. I take turmeric occasionally for inflammation.

This is encouraging. I can sit for 8-10 hours, no prob. Getting UP and moving the lazy a$$ is key.

But I'm glad you found something that works for you. I have lotsa arthritis too. No meds or sups.
I'm not sure how beneficial yoga is for artificial joints that have stretching limits...
But I envy those who can DO yoga.
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Old 04-20-2019, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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I do advanced yoga 3-4 times a week, occasionally lift light weights and walk several times a week. Due to the illness and death of my Mother over the last month I've not been able to or just had the mindset.

I went back to yoga 2 times this week and it kicked my butt. Most people think yoga is all about meditation, relaxation but it's not. It's probably one of the best things we seniors can do to stay healthy, flexible, balanced and strong.

Doesn't take long to lose what you have. I'm sore today but it's a good sore.
yep, I do yoga 3-4 times a week...nothing better in my opinion.
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Old 04-20-2019, 07:54 PM
 
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I'm not sure how beneficial yoga is for artificial joints that have stretching limits...
I had a full knee replacement and yoga is great. I do Inyegar yoga and any decent teacher can work around your body’s limitations. I also find doing Pilates very helpful.
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:40 PM
 
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I think EscortRider is resting now, no worries about losing fitness.
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