I relate to this post so much! It's nice to know I am not alone. I am relatively young (47) but am more injury-prone as the ol' body ages. I have a bum ankle from a traumatic sprain in 1997, from which a ligament never recovered. I ran on it for years, but now it's starting to make itself felt all the time. I, too, have to take my PT seriously, even though it's boring!
Last night I was able to run with the youngsters and it felt WONDERFUL. However, recovery time is about twice as long as it used to be, and I was limping just last week from a painful hip after walking all over NYC. These workouts that are pain-free are more and more precious; I tried to convey that to the younger folks-- each successful run is like a jewel that I treasure. I don't think they'll get it until they get older, though. I know I didn't, when I was younger.
I really hear you on this one, Joe. I'll turn 59 in a couple of weeks, and my knees are very fragile. My right knee has had two surgeries, one a clean up 20 years ago, and one three years ago for torn meniscus, and the left one is starting to act up due to age. I still do my physical therapy exercises a couple of times a week, and I have to be very careful not to overdo with squats and a lot of other knee-stressful exercises at the gym But walking every day is very theraputic, and getting weight off is essential to preserve them. My PT (who is in tremendous shape at age 69) told me every pound I lost would add a year or more to how many years I'd be able to hike without knee replacement. That's a big motivator to not regain what I've lost.
Be patient with your body and keep listening to it! You are giving yourself and all of us great advice!
Injury scares me and is the thing that could most derail me! I had a torn meniscus in my knee, and it threw me off course for quite a while and set up my biggest weight gain several years ago.
I became acquainted with the concept of inflammation and was treated by the team doc of some Philly teams. He taught me less is more. Reinforced my ethic of using PT to strengthen small muscle groups to avoid and repair injury etc. I am a believer.............. I forget! I remember feeling good performing like I used to when 20. I was 20 years old 47 years ago! this morning I could feel inflammation and a weird dull ache in my "good knee". I pushed on to the gym anyway. Hey one of my goals is to do strength training 2x a week, right? Well, I felt pretty sheeety after 30 easy minutes of warm up on the treadmill. It was mostly down hill from there. I did a cursory upper body workout with lower weights than usual, and went home to RICE for a few hours. Pain did trigger some memory of what I learned a few years ago. Rest Ice Compression Elevation=RICE
Of course I didn't even think of Naproxin my wife reminded me of it, so I will take some now!
Injury has the ability to cause great and dramatic set backs, disrupt a good healthy streak of nutrition consistency and trash long fought for exercise habits. Injury scares me the most!
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