We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My routine is to get a general physical (with big blood work, stress EKG with echo, etc) from my internist every four years, but this week I did it after 2 years because I was curious about the effects of my quite intense exercise program after 2 years of 4-6 days/wk.
He couldn't find any problems with me. He said my body fat was down to "athlete," that my fitness and endurance were far above average for my age and markedly improved from 2 years ago, that my heart was perfect, that my physique looked excellent for my age (Daddy Belly totally gone), that I should try to gain 5 more lbs by eating more (same thing my trainer keeps bugging me about but I don't like to eat much - I like to consume just enough to stop feeling hungry). Other than that, it was "Keep doing whatever you are doing."
He had me cut my BP meds in half. He wanted me to stay on the lipitor because my triglycerides had improved dramtically even though I was on the lipitor before, and were now perfect (I don't believe in that triglyceride stuff, but I want him to be happy).
He went over the details of my exercise program and told me that it was similar to his with a balance of weights, calis, and a little cardio, about 5hrs/wk total. He is fit as hell, 55 but looks like a powerful and athletic 40. However, he has been doing his program for many years. We estimate that I lost around 8 lbs. of pudge and gained about 10 lbs. of lean muscle in 2 years.
So it's been good for me from the medical angle, but that is not why I do it. I do it to maintain Fitness for Life. Any medical bonus is welcome.
(Also, he has some interesting ideas about the traumatic arthritis in my right shoulder. Wants me to see his pal at HSS if I feel like it. Just for fun, I got a tetanus booster, a Shingles vaccine, and a Pneumonia vaccine.)
This might be inspiring - I hope so. Have readers had a similar experience?
Congratulations on your commitment, your lipid panel, and your being 5 pounds underweight.
In my early 50s I was 5'10" 210, could bench 270 and walked 1000 stairs 3 times a week. Still had the little pot, was about 20 pounds heavy and looked like a miniature power lifter.
Alas, belly has ballooned, muscle mass has decreased and now I look like 75% of elderly American men. Still have a fine reserve of strength but it hurts to use it. Endurance is not bad for a fat man.
When lifting, something, shoulders particularly, always hurt. I don't miss that much. I never had much of a double biceps pose but enjoyed it very much when a woman would grab my arm and think she had latched onto a bar of steel.
Ah, if only I had the "don't like to eat much" gene.
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I have the opposite problem in that I like to eat. I am starting a routine of fitness and small eating and hope to make it a habit. I have been inspired by your writings on fitness. I am interested in what you find out about your shoulder BD. I have had an MRI and was told by my doctor that I have severe arthritis and that I would need a shoulder replacement. I do not view this as an option at the age of 46. I am hoping to keep it mobile with exercise and by losing weight.
My doc was pretty happy that my fasting glucose dropped from 130 to 94, and my blood pressure from 135/80 to 105/70. I danced till midnight last night at our annual oyster extravaganza, without fatigue or foot pain.