I'm not so sure about this Getting Old thing.

BRD@66

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Jan 23, 2014
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Sometimes you gotta step back and look at the situation, this case your health and decide that you're going to start making choices...today.. to improve it.


Things in our life, we don't change....we are accepting... read that again.

Eat less and move more is the key.. not necessarily eat less food, just less high calorie food


I see people my age all the time hobbling around, hunched over, 100 lbs overweight and they look miserable. The longer they stay like that, the more of their mobility they will lose until they can't or don't even want to get out and go places.

You can do it.. you just have to want to do it.
Like Yoda said... Do or do not..there is no try.

My FIL is 75 and looks like shit. Sat in his recliner after he retired and treated his diabetes with Little Debbie cakes and pies from HEB. He can barely get out and rarely does, is weak as hell, shakes when he walks.

When I need motivated, I go see him.
The hospitals and cemetery is full of people who did it their way.

Maybe not the words of encouragement you want to hear, sorry..not sorry.


Now go get it done son.
Wait! You're a personal trainer aren't you?
 

Coop45

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texas
I seem to have picked up a bunch of specialists over the years and with their masking rules, they are getting culled. There are better things to go than sit in their waiting rooms wearing a stupid mask. Homie don't play dat game.
 

single stack

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Oct 27, 2011
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When I was ready to retire I was sore from arthritis and overweight.
I thought mowing my postage stamp lawn was a workout.
The wife and I started playing 9 hole par three golf walking the course. I dieted and lost 10 pounds, getting down to 190.
After retirement, golfed twice a week and start walking around the neighborhood in the morning.
Then the wife and I started walking the Saledo Greenway trail twice a week. It’s a paved 3.5-4 mile round trip.
I lost 10 pounds a year for the next two years.
Pardon my shouting but,
WALKING IS A MIRACLE EXERCISE!!
I’ve lost weight and kept my arthritis almost in check.
It’s as if walking oils the joints and they work and feel better all of the time.
Get out and walk. Every little bit helps. I walk the sporting clays courses too.
As soon as you are moving, you are already two laps ahead of the fat guy on the sofa.
 

billtool

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Nov 16, 2008
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The Wooldlands
What about walking on a treadmill at the gym?
Agree! Treadmills are much nicer to your bones. I finally screwed up an ankle so just recently had to take some time off, but putting on some tunes and hitting the forward button has really helped my over the past year. I’m actually not in too bad of shape anymore. Lifting weights helps too. If you can’t do heavy- do light. The movement is good for your arthritic wore out joints.
 

billtool

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Nov 16, 2008
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The Wooldlands
When I was ready to retire I was sore from arthritis and overweight.
I thought mowing my postage stamp lawn was a workout.
The wife and I started playing 9 hole par three golf walking the course. I dieted and lost 10 pounds, getting down to 190.
After retirement, golfed twice a week and start walking around the neighborhood in the morning.
Then the wife and I started walking the Saledo Greenway trail twice a week. It’s a paved 3.5-4 mile round trip.
I lost 10 pounds a year for the next two years.
Pardon my shouting but,
WALKING IS A MIRACLE EXERCISE!!
I’ve lost weight and kept my arthritis almost in check.
It’s as if walking oils the joints and they work and feel better all of the time.
Get out and walk. Every little bit helps. I walk the sporting clays courses too.
As soon as you are moving, you are already two laps ahead of the fat guy on the sofa.
Just put one foot in front of the other. Amen.
 

Glenn B

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WALKING IS A MIRACLE EXERCISE!!
I have heard, for many years now, that walking is much better to lose weight than cardio exercises like running. It's also easier on the joints. Wish someone would tell that to my right hip. Skye, my pooch, and I had been walking anywhere from 6 to 9 miles per day up to about a year or so ago. Had advanced/severe osteoarthritis in both hips and arthritis in about every other joint in my body (no BS) but the walking actually seemed to help.

That all came to an end when I got Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (or had it already and it got worse - which is what I suspect, believe I was misdiagnosed and treated with wrong antibiotics at least a year earlier). By August 2020 (or maybe earlier) I was out of it. Had my heart checked and it was beating at about 15% - 20% less efficiancy than normal. I could barely walk a 1/4 mile without collapsing and then that is exactly what happened. Trip to the doc, wheelchair from her office to the ER, misdiagnosis again I think as this time they said I had a UTI and that was it. Got a big shot of antibiotics and after 2 - 3 days not a pain in my body and the exhaustion and weakness seemed to' disappear. That lasted about 5 days and then it all started coming back with vengeance. More checks by my doc, diagnosis RMSF. At a followup visit she said in essence ' you are lucky I found this, it is very uncommon in Texas'. I told her I had read up on it and found out AR is one of the top 5 states for it. Then I reminded her AR was less than a mile away from her office. I also reminded her I had already told her I had been bitten by several ticks in AR when visiting my son in or around the spring of 2019. She grinned a stupid grin and said I was okay now; that was in October or November 2020. My joints still hurt during and after treatment. Sometime back then, I had a severe spasm in my left hip immediately followed by three in my right hip and both hips gave out. The right hip got much worse since then.

Anyway, then I got COVID-19 in December. My joints got worse - at least my right hip and knee during and after the RMSF. That even though I am supposedly cured although how we know that is a mystery since a follow-up test for it was never done. Oddly enough, all the pain in my left hip - which has had advanced osteoarthritis (or so they tell me that's what it is in my hips - they say it is not Lyme disease related even though I have had it twice) for years longer than my right one - has disappeared except for some very minor pain sometimes at night while in bed. The right hip has also gotten somewhat but nowhere near as better as the left and still gets very painful and has at least some pain every day. Have been able to walk as much as 5 miles on a rare day during three to four dog walks. Three miles is a good day. Bad days maybe only a mile and a half total. Waiting to see a Rheumatologist, only one in Texarkana who participates with Blue Cross and that guy refuses to see new patients. So going to see one in Little Rock, had an appt. for September but they recently cancelled and put me back two months to November. With that wait, I may be cured or dead by then.

Anyway, have to walk the dog, so I keep doing it. On my worst days, we fgo for a very short walk and then a drive to the dog park. I also take pain pills when it is really bad but I wish they'd figure it out and if I need a new hip I am ready for it.
 

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