Since no one I know is getting any younger… Let’s look into how you and I can age a little more gracefully. Most of the time, people don’t think about aging and how to do it well. That is, until it’s right at the doorstep and there’s no energy or desire to take care of your health.
It doesn’t have to be that way, you know? Since no one get’s younger, it really is imperative that people think about aging well when they are young and have plenty of energy and a willingness to do what it takes to stay healthy.
Exercise For Your Future
Even right now, there is a crazy fitness boom going on. CrossFit and functional training is mainstream. Extreme athletes put their bodies through the rigors of extreme athletics and things like Iron Man triathalons. But, probably the majority of all those participating in these activities are not thinking about what they will be doing when they’re 80. For the most part, people live for the present and compete in the present.
Even if this is the case, don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot of benefit to “killing” yourself for 26.2 miles, or tossing 100lbs barbells between friends. Most people who are fit when they’re young are generally in better health when they’re old.
Unfortunately, the problem is that a lot of these activities are incredibly high impact. That translates into a lot of wear and tear on the joints. Knee joints are especially vulnerable due to the fact that they bear much of the impact when running. And, also, if the mechanics aren’t the best during running or contact sports, there can be a lot of trauma to the cartilage, the knee ligaments, as well as the muscles in general.
Avoid Knee Surgery
Arthritis of the knee is a major problem for former athletes and active folks. It’s kind of almost imperceptible as it creeps up on you. When you’re young and you want like nothing else to compete, you can tell yourself anything about how you feel. Knee pain? Oh, just put some ice on it., Just get a steroid injection. You know all the things you tell yourself.
The problem is that one day, your joints may just rebel and stop letting you hammer away on them. You may end up, like so many others, getting a knee replacement. If you let it get to this point, your days of pounding the pavement or deep squats are essentially over.
Sure, there are knee replacement exercises, but, they are just to keep the knee joint moving and stretched out. After knee surgery like this, you’ll really have to take it easy because life will have changed and you’ll really want to make sure you don’t have to have another surgery.
But, if you start thinking right now about aging gracefully. You may be able to avoid things like arthritic joints, knee or hip replacements, and chronic pain. It starts by watching what you eat, getting enough sleep, listening to your body, and getting a healthy dose of low impact aerobic activity like walking and hiking.