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Old 11-14-2018, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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One of the biggest things I've seen are people letting their legs completely go to pieces.

I've been a fairly regular weightlifter all my life. It's always been more "fun" to do "curls for the girls" instead of leg work. Strong legs keep you upright. If you have weak hamstrings/quads, that's going to negatively impact your stability. As people age, keeping the legs strong is huge.
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:50 PM
 
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I used to be a fanatical runner. Then my knees gave out. So then I got fat. I started biking, lost 50 pounds. This was 5-6 years ago. The weight is creeping back on, especially since I developed arthritis in my hips. Biking full out, which for me meant 13 miles or so 3 times a week (yes, wimpy to most of you I'm sure) got to be too much. I ended up in a lot of pain, a lot of doctor's appointments, a lot of PT, told I'll need a hip replacement eventually...So I quit, did just exercise bands and my PT exercises for a while, hips still sore. I tried walking, and was in a LOT of pain, especially this spring when I visited my daughter in NYC for a week, and of course she walked me to death. I tried the stationary bike a few months ago, as I know I have to get SOME exercise, and I'm doing not too bad. Probably about all I can handle at the current time. I do 45 minutes 6 days a week. Walking still aggravates my hip, mostly just the right one, for example if we go shopping or what not.
I'll be 60 on Monday, and don't want to be unable to walk around by the time I'm 70.
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:55 PM
 
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I used to be a fanatical runner. Then my knees gave out. So then I got fat. I started biking, lost 50 pounds. This was 5-6 years ago. The weight is creeping back on, especially since I developed arthritis in my hips. Biking full out, which for me meant 13 miles or so 3 times a week (yes, wimpy to most of you I'm sure) got to be too much. I ended up in a lot of pain, a lot of doctor's appointments, a lot of PT, told I'll need a hip replacement eventually...So I quit, did just exercise bands and my PT exercises for a while, hips still sore. I tried walking, and was in a LOT of pain, especially this spring when I visited my daughter in NYC for a week, and of course she walked me to death. I tried the stationary bike a few months ago, as I know I have to get SOME exercise, and I'm doing not too bad. Probably about all I can handle at the current time. I do 45 minutes 6 days a week. Walking still aggravates my hip, mostly just the right one, for example if we go shopping or what not.
I'll be 60 on Monday, and don't want to be unable to walk around by the time I'm 70.
It seems only matter of time before joggers develop knee problems. Perhaps walking or ellipticals are a better alternative.
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:57 PM
 
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i had issues many years ago running on concrete . but running on a cushioned treadmill has resulted in no issues and i run 3-4 miles every other day non stop. it has been years now
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:44 PM
 
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I can't run or do anything high impact. I use the stair machine, the elliptical and the treadmill at full incline.

I'm fine as long as I get my heart rate up to 150 or 165 BPM a few times a week for at least a half hour or more.

If I don't, my blood pressure edges up.
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:47 PM
 
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I used to be a fanatical runner. Then my knees gave out. So then I got fat. I started biking, lost 50 pounds. This was 5-6 years ago. The weight is creeping back on, especially since I developed arthritis in my hips. Biking full out, which for me meant 13 miles or so 3 times a week (yes, wimpy to most of you I'm sure) got to be too much. I ended up in a lot of pain, a lot of doctor's appointments, a lot of PT, told I'll need a hip replacement eventually...So I quit, did just exercise bands and my PT exercises for a while, hips still sore. I tried walking, and was in a LOT of pain, especially this spring when I visited my daughter in NYC for a week, and of course she walked me to death. I tried the stationary bike a few months ago, as I know I have to get SOME exercise, and I'm doing not too bad. Probably about all I can handle at the current time. I do 45 minutes 6 days a week. Walking still aggravates my hip, mostly just the right one, for example if we go shopping or what not.
I'll be 60 on Monday, and don't want to be unable to walk around by the time I'm 70.
So why are you not scheduled for a THR??? You are losing muscle tone and making for a much more difficult recovery by putting it off. Thatís just foolish.
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Old 11-14-2018, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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So why are you not scheduled for a THR??? You are losing muscle tone and making for a much more difficult recovery by putting it off. Thatís just foolish.
There are cases for and against waiting - I'd say a couple consults with specialists would be enlightening and they may be able to suggest other treatments or physical therapy.
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Old 11-14-2018, 04:53 PM
 
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There are cases for and against waiting - I'd say a couple consults with specialists would be enlightening and they may be able to suggest other treatments or physical therapy.
Completely agree about discussing with a specialist. But if the person is already in enough pain that that they having difficulty walking and losing mobility, never mind sleep, itís generally time for surgery.
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Old 11-14-2018, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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You've posted this before and it doesn't make any sense. Sleep isn't going to keep your muscles from atrophying. Nor will it condition your cardiovascular system.

Exercise or not but don't delude yourself.
My Grandmother made it to 102, my Dad to 96, and they were not exercisers. Yes, they worked hard, over the years, but when retired, they were just happy to lounge in front of the television set. Now, perhaps, if they had exercised, my Grandmother might have made it to 110, my Dad to 105.

Overlooked, always, is genetics. Different recipes for different people.
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:20 PM
 
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I CANT exercise much. Lots of PT, though.

I have a bad back, avascular necrosis in my hips, and now ywo bad knees. The right one we were looking at replacing, but decided on long extreme PT instead, and steroid shots. Now the left one is doing the same thing, as it has born my weight for a whike as tye right i coukd not walk on, and used TWO canes to get around instead of one.

Im 55, but sometimes feel 90.

I can barely walk some days let alone go for one. Much less hike my way anywhere.

I used to walk everywhere when i was younger, but cant walk easily from one room to the other.

I do have arthritis in every bone and joint in my body.

Bummer, cause there are lots of things id like to do.

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