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Building muscle for life

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I'm 55, and my goal is to get healthy, stay healthy, stay active. I'm less worried about fitting into a bikini than I am about being able to walk up to 10 miles in a day for the next 30 or 40 years.

So I've graduated from my orthopedic dr (dealing with a second frozen shoulder) - and the plan is to do upper body strength training that is NOT over my head, to keep stretching the shoulders, and to work on building up the rotator cuff muscles.

I also talked to the dr and my chiro about my knee (destroyed in a hurricane fall, two surgeries later I have visible arthritic growth on the tibial plateau - not good) - and was told to add knee extensions every day. I've done this for about 5 days thus far - and yesterday my chiro, as he was providing resistance while having me push down with my flexed leg, said "wow, you've built a lot of muscle already, I wasn't expecting you to be THAT strong!"

So - balance, stretch, strength train. Daily. Along with cardio. Every day. Forever.

Because the alternative is to not move, not be able to move, have no endurance, and/or fall over.

And I have no intention of slowing my life down. Not until I'm, well, maybe 95. Or so.
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    I've got a couple years on you -- and just the same attitude about strength training -- upper body one day, lower body the next: nice strong rotator cuffs are key to prevent frozen shoulder from Fall On OutStretched Hand (FOOSH).
    2358 days ago
    Is great to read such encouragement words. I have started the Ymca ting some energy going thanks to everyone. emoticon
    2359 days ago
    I know it's so tempting to stop moving when things hurt or don't move right. Good blog to remind us to keep on truckin'
    2359 days ago
    I am 52 and on the same page!
    2359 days ago
  • CT1954
    From one 55 yr old to another, my sentiments exactly! The only option is to move it or suffer the alternative. emoticon emoticon
    2359 days ago
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