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Nearly 40 and my body is falling apart - what to do???

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by jeff in vancouver, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. jeff in vancouver

    jeff in vancouver Well-Known Member

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    I have a bad back, hip, knee, shoulder, ankle and wrist. My Knee, Back and Hip can cause me to be in major pain, and now surgery has been suggested for for my Knee.

    I was a serous athlete up till about 25. Given I was a very aggressive player in contacts sports at a high level, I am sure that has allot to do with my body breaking down. Then I was doing tri's and lots of running, biking and swimming just to keep fit. But I fear this just did more damage to my joints. I then tried the taking it easy routine and put in 30 lbs, that I am sure isn't any good for me, and my knee and back just got worse.

    So now what? I got to get allot more years out of this body, I go ahead and drop some weight, and get back in the pool, but other than that I am at a loss of what to do to keep these old bones moving around.
     
  2. Sunnydale

    Sunnydale Well-Known Member

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    Oh, agree, it's no fun getting old. I used to have many aches and pains also, but found relief when eating low carb. As an experiment you might try avoiding wheat for a few weeks to see if you feel better. Have been reading many testimonials of late about others eating gluten free and finding relief from chronic pain.

    For example recall seeing this:

    http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2011/12/pass-the-little-debbies-snack-cakes/

    Part of the article:

     
  3. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    I'm flying blind with this post, but I was reading in a running book where the author made the assertion that a lot of injuries tend to stem from bad form or musculature imbalances. At some point, you heal the injury, and then you work on the form. This advice was specific to runners, but I could see applicability to cycling and swimming.

    Furthermore, the author gave the advice that caloric restriction wasn't optimal - it was more a matter of better diet and training and letting the results fall where they fall.

    FWIW, I'm 40 and training for my second marathon. In any case, good luck!
     
  4. GusW

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    I would suggest that you see several Dr's and particularly specialists to evaluate your pain. My brother has had several very successful surgeries (both shoulders, both knees) which have allowed him to continue long distance bike riding (he is 55 and circled most of Michigan last summer). He did have to give up running after doing several marathons. He can no longer do exercises where he lifts weight above his shoulder height.

    You may need to give up certain activities and sports. You need to evaluate that with a professional.

    If you have been "taking it easy" then you have lost important muscle and are more prone to aches and pains. You should research with your DR and a trainer the areas that need to be built up and the best way to do that. You may find that much of your pain will go away after gaining back muscle tone.

    Gaining weight puts enormous strain on your knees, and feet. Dropping 20+lbs will do wonders for improving them.

    Swimming works wonders for some folks but not all. My neighbor found hiking worked for him even though he had suffered from a bad back, knees and ankles. He does 5 miles a day and looks fit as anyone his age.
     
  5. chet31

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    I hear you. I like playing soccer, but as a concession to my age, I can only play every other day. With me, it's my feet (well, my right elbow is fried also from years of playing baseball and softball). I just can't run every day. On the off days, I'll bike or golf or do weight training or nothing. Try alternating activities that stress different joints, more low impact stuff like biking, swimming, walking.
     
  6. Eason

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    Do yoga. (0)
     
  7. imageWIS

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    Are you getting enough vitamins? From veggies / fruits and a multivitamin supplement.

    Sidenote: I hate veggies, but I sure do feel better when I eat them everyday.
     
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  8. RicPac

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    Try to follow a paleo diet. thats the gluten and wheat free thing. I eat like that even at a young age. I feel it helps my athletic performance.
     
  9. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Well-Known Member

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    I sometimes feel like my body is falling apart, and I'm only 27 :uhoh:
     
  10. golfnutter66

    golfnutter66 Well-Known Member

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    I'm 45, been exercising pretty much all my life and am also feeling the pain. I cant run as much as I used to. I can't lift as much either. I am doing what Chet31 mentioned. Alternating activities and at a less intensity. This may not be pleasant, but if I push myself, I get injured then no exercise, which leads to prolonged recovery.

    The ultimate goal is to keep moving!
     
  11. VonLehndorff

    VonLehndorff Well-Known Member

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    Wow. Assuming by your comments you are all < 40-45 you'd better start to catch this now before it is too late. The chronic pain/weakness? get thyroid checked and a hormone panel. Start walking long distances/bike ride and don't run when feeling any pain. Get your weight down to <10% body fat. Free weights. Yoga. Eliminate/reduce sugars and try low wheat diet, replace with vegetables/brown rice/non -wheat breads.
     
  12. Gradstudent78

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    There is really no reason to get his body fat that low, except for aesthetic reasons.
     
  13. Sanguis Mortuum

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    Free weighs are what are causing me to feel like I'm falling apart! Probably because I only started them recently and have never really done any sport or heavy lifting prior to this, so hopefully my body will gradually get used to it. It also doesn't help that I had scoliosis and have had surgery on my spine to correct it.
     
  14. VonLehndorff

    VonLehndorff Well-Known Member

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    true, but if you set that as a goal, maybe you'll get in the teens. My point is that excess weight punishes joints.
     
  15. fuji

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    Lol at paleo/gluten wheat free
    Lol at saying a 40 year old man needs to be below 10% bf
    Lol at telling someone with major knee,back and hip pain who possibly needs surgery to lift
     
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  16. itsstillmatt

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    Wow, you really are a child.
     
  17. kmdsimpson

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    This or other stretching on a regular basis is a huge help. I've struggled like you to be able to keep in shape and to keep weight off, because of joint wear, and because it seems like I've always got some nagging ache or small injury. A few things:
    1. As you've already realized, damage we've done in the past is not going away. You have to be realistic about what your body can and can't do, and you have to really manage your diet and your physical activity.
    2. Realize that your body needs a lot more rest now. Slow, steady, and patient is better - i.e.: you likely need to take days off to let your body recover. It's OK and can be managed.
    3. Diet is much more important. You can't overcome eating crappy food by working harder. Especially on off days, you have to be vigilant with what you eat.
    4. Stretching for me is huge. It doesn't do anything for the joint pain, but it keeps me from running in unnatural positions that might put pressure on my joints. I've read various things about whether it's better to stretch before or after working out. I always stretch after; I've found that it's better for me to do a light warmup before running, and to ease into it, rather than trying to stretch heavily and jump in with the intensity.
    5. Weights is a problem with working out the lower body, because of the knees. I've just had to give up some exercises that put stress on them. Maybe settling for things like the horizontal squat machine is the best you can do.

    Unfortunately, we all find out that this is just a fact of life as get older - even though we don't believe it when we're younger!
     
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  18. VonLehndorff

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    I didn't place specific recc. of free weights to anyone claiming joint pain or needing surgery. Just a general recc. for those claiming they are out-of-shape, gaining weight and feeling like crap. As to <10 for guys over 40, I didn't say NEEDS but it is both possible and would certainly benefit sports performance.


     
  19. Gradstudent78

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    Why not just set realistic goals and actually meet them? If your going to make recommendations you should tailor them to the person asking and their goals, not some general recommendation that isn't relevant to the person asking. Having a body fat of < 10% is beneficial to sports performance (in some sports) and would be a good recommendation for someone that is currently a competitive athlete looking for help, which the OP clearly is not.
     
  20. VaderDave

    VaderDave Well-Known Member

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    I was amazed a few years ago at how much better I felt after dropping about 20 lbs. It really makes a huge difference in everything you do.

    Good luck! I'm 42, so sort of in the same boat you are (although I feel great and didn't pound my body into oblivion when I was younger).
     

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