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24 minutes ago, The Old Git said:

I must admit Rog, I'd assumed you'd died a few years ago. Was surprised to see you back.

Trust me, a few short years ago I wished I would have! The side effects of radiation and chemo are not to be taken lightly. Had it not been for my wife I couldn't have managed. 

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2 hours ago, Declan said:

What you are missing is "the gym" is an intensely horrid and unwelcoming place and lifting things is boring and unpleasant. 

I can understand that perception - I'm not that keen on lifting weights myself, but I know it's good for me and will pay dividends in the future. 

The main thing is to find a form of exercise you enjoy, then you're more likely to do it. 

What I'm trying to get across here is how important it is for health and well-being in the future. Just like dialysis wouldn't be optional, neither should exercise be considered so. 

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22 hours ago, wrighty said:

 Just watch it, and if your belt gets tight, or you creep up a couple of kgs in a month or two then back off on the booze/sweets/pies for a few weeks until you're where you were.
 

I bougt my first suit 25 years ago for a family funeral. It was a good 'un and a classic cut. My dear ol' ma, god bless her soul, was with me and said if I looked after it - and looked after myself - it would last me for life. It's only now I know just what she meant.

It's done me proud and it is has been used only for the occasional job interview but mainly more funerals, and more so of late indeed, but I believe life can be like that. The thing is, it is starting to get tighter and tighter.

I'm not sure if old faithful is going to do me for the next one.

I think I might have to take some of Wrighty's words on board.

 

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I do three days a week at the gym lifting weights. You don't have to be there all night. 45 mins and I'm done. The gym is probably only 10% of the job though. People who would like to see their abs again, rarely understand that abs are grown in the kitchen, not the gym. For me, being tall and having posture issues has been helped enormously from lifting a few weights. 45 mins X 3 per week is infinitely better than back pain. As Wrighty mentioned, the stronger your muscles are, the easier life your joints have. 

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5 hours ago, cheesypeas said:

I do three days a week at the gym lifting weights. You don't have to be there all night. 45 mins and I'm done. The gym is probably only 10% of the job though. People who would like to see their abs again, rarely understand that abs are grown in the kitchen, not the gym. For me, being tall and having posture issues has been helped enormously from lifting a few weights. 45 mins X 3 per week is infinitely better than back pain. As Wrighty mentioned, the stronger your muscles are, the easier life your joints have. 

But when some of your joints are not home grown it is more than a bit scary to think about lifting weights :o

As for seeing ones abs again, there are a few bits of me I would like to see again, without looking into the mirror.:lol:

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On 01/01/2018 at 3:54 PM, wrighty said:

Firstly, it's becoming increasingly clear that exercise, including weight training (so not just 'going for a walk') leads to far better health in one's later years.  A couple of examples I came across in the past few weeks are relevant.  Firstly, I entered the British Indoor Rowing Championships at the start of December.  One of the competitors was 91 years of age, and he rowed 2000m in 10:46.  It's sad to say that there are many 30somethings that couldn't do that.  Secondly, the other day I came across a chap who was running 10km in 55 minutes at the age of 80+.  Both of these men had been exercising all their life.  They were fit, they looked fit, and they were still able to do all of their daily activities.  Contrast that with patients I routinely see in their 60s who have led a sedentary lifestyle, and because of lack of fitness and conditioning fall over all the time, have aching joints, and need multiple pills to keep their blood pressure under control etc.

So my top tip for everyone is to exercise.  Do it regularly and start young, but whatever age you are it will be beneficial.

Some interesting observation but what did these people do for  a career? Not meaning that as sarcasm, I am genuinely interested...

 

P.s Happy New year

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Annoymouse said:

Some interesting observation but what did these people do for  a career? Not meaning that as sarcasm, I am genuinely interested...

 

 

No idea, sorry.  If you're getting at social class though, I suspect these were 'white collar' workers.  The runner did marathons when he was younger, probably at what would be described as a 'club runner' level, certainly not elite.

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On 01/01/2018 at 3:54 PM, wrighty said:

So as we enter 2018, I've realised that this year I'll have spent half my life (24 years) as a qualified doc.  Thought it might be appropriate to share a few things I've learned over the years.

Firstly, it's becoming increasingly clear that exercise, including weight training (so not just 'going for a walk') leads to far better health in one's later years.  A couple of examples I came across in the past few weeks are relevant.  Firstly, I entered the British Indoor Rowing Championships at the start of December.  One of the competitors was 91 years of age, and he rowed 2000m in 10:46.  It's sad to say that there are many 30somethings that couldn't do that.  Secondly, the other day I came across a chap who was running 10km in 55 minutes at the age of 80+.  Both of these men had been exercising all their life.  They were fit, they looked fit, and they were still able to do all of their daily activities.  Contrast that with patients I routinely see in their 60s who have led a sedentary lifestyle, and because of lack of fitness and conditioning fall over all the time, have aching joints, and need multiple pills to keep their blood pressure under control etc.

Everyone knows about osteoporosis - as we age we lose bone density, particularly if you're a woman.  What is less well known is sarcopaenia - the loss of muscle mass, which occurs at about 1% a year from the age 50.  If you have poor muscles your joints ache and you have poor balance reactions, with obvious consequences.  The only way to prevent this is to lift weights.

So my top tip for everyone is to exercise.  Do it regularly and start young, but whatever age you are it will be beneficial.

We're all getting heavier.  Cheap calorie rich nutrition poor food is easily available.  Having looked through many sets of medical notes over the years, most people seem to put on 1-2kg per year.  This is nothing really, until you consider that over the course of one's working life you might go up from 70kg to 110kg without really noticing it.  It doesn't have to be this way.  No-one should be obsessed about their weight - fitness matters more than weight in itself - and in fact the biggest predictor of being overweight in 5 years time is being on a diet now!  Just watch it, and if your belt gets tight, or you creep up a couple of kgs in a month or two then back off on the booze/sweets/pies for a few weeks until you're where you were.

People have too much faith in modern medicine.  Yes it's great, and there are drugs and operations for everything.  And we're all living longer.  But we're not living healthier for longer.  And being on multiple meds, or having surgery, is not as free from complication as we'd like it to be.  Drugs have side effects, operations have risks and a proportion have a poor outcome (there's no such thing as an operation that can't make the situation worse!)  They're all best avoided.  And in many situations, Mother Nature is hard to beat!

So, if you're going to make NY resolutions, choose ones that will stick.  Exercise more, lift weights, don't get gradually fatter over the years.  And don't smoke, and don't drink to excess.  If we all did that, then the medical profession would have far less to do, and perhaps as a society we could afford a health service to look after us when we really need it.

Happy New Year everyone - I'm just off out to the gym ;)

Was this a job creation post for the medical profession? Years of being couch potatoes then suddenly hitting the gym, pounding the pavements will only end in tears. 

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wrighty is indeed correct in what he says, not that he needs my moral support.  though a robot could have told us that at half the price and no pension. i would also add the benefit to mental health of exercise is still quite underappreciated by many.

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5 minutes ago, the stinking enigma said:

wrighty is indeed correct in what he says, not that he needs my moral support.  though a robot could have told us that at half the price and no pension. i would also add the benefit to mental health of exercise is still quite underappreciated by many.

Well I for one am glad that it was " wrighty" and not a robot doing the hip replacements of late.;)

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I've given up smoking.

Will that do...?

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Did you smoke? I stopped smoking ages ago and took up walking (to Peel) I couldn't go on the road because of the car fumes but then my knees and hip gave me trouble so I stopped. I will go back on the treadmill in preparation for the summer :)

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4 hours ago, 2bees said:

Did you smoke? I stopped smoking ages ago and took up walking (to Peel) I couldn't go on the road because of the car fumes but then my knees and hip gave me trouble so I stopped. I will go back on the treadmill in preparation for the summer :)

No, I don't smoke actually.

So I figured it would be an easy New Year Resolution to keep.

So far so good.....

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Whatever age or creature you are...3 billion heart beats and your times up. So I'm conserving mine by not exerting myself in any way.

 

 

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