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My body is falling apart. Am I getting old?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

So for the past few months I have been working out at least 5 times a week. I have been biking a minimal of 20 miles a week in addition to other things. For the past few days I have felt a pulling over my knee like a rubber band. I am worried that the constant biking may be doing damage to my knee. I am scared to keep up my pace because I do not want to pull something in my knee so I guess I will have to try walking instead. Maybe it will be less work for the knee.

Last night I decided to work on my back yard. I have a large tree in the back which is killing my grass because it is taking all the moisture from the ground. So I did some research and was told to chop up the ground about 2 inches then put 2 inches of a soil/compost mixture down and then seed. So I took my hoe and worked up the ground, last night. I only got about 1/4 of my yard done. When I woke up this morning my back is screaming. So I skipped my normal biking and took the morning off. Tonight I have to work on the back yard some more.

In Two weeks I will be 38. In my mind I am still in my late 20's but my body is acting like it is 50!
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    Listen to your body and give your knees some rest. A muscle needs rest once in a while.

    I don't envy you with the yard work. We have a tree in our front yard that is starting to do that same thing. While it's a very nice tree, I want nice grass too! :)
    3886 days ago
  • HSS1970
    It's easy to forget that even "young" people get sore if they work muscles they usually don't without stretching and proper warm-up.
    3886 days ago
    First, biking is great for your knees and the rest of the body....but you have to stretch. If one does not stretch than the t-bands that run down the outside of your legs get too tight and become tugh on the knees.
    Second, any time you do physical activity that is outside of what you usually do you can get sore. Go see a massage therapist, get some good stretching going (yoga) and keep up the excellent effort! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3886 days ago
    To me, it's always a fine line between babying myself and being reckless. I'm 35 and I perceive that I have a LOT of damage to undo from years of neglect. It really depends on the pain. If it's shooting pain, I lay off activity for awhile. If it's knee or back pain, I lay off for a few days and it SHOULD get better. If it's not getting better, time to see a doc.

    But consider this. I was at a client site this week and ran into a man who is 59 years old. He is my client's new chief marketing officer. He's going to Hawaii this year to compete in his 3rd iron man competition. To me, that answers the "am I too old for this" question. Nope. But do we all have to work up to being that resilient.
    3886 days ago
    lol .. welcome to my world .. except that I am actually old . (52) .. and am rediscovering the joys and pains of walking .. 5 weeks ago I walked with a cane (when and if I deemed the walking absolutely necessary) .. this morning I walked over 3 miles without a cane .. my ankles hurt, my knees hurt, my calves scream at me .. but, my back, which usually hurt profusely after walking through the Wal-Mart, never says a word .. ah .. the joys of old age .. 50 is the new 40, right ? Why does it feel like the old 60?
    3886 days ago
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