Friday, June 11, 2010

Staying in shape

The older we get the more we need to pay attention to our bodies, what we do with them and what we put in them.
With two successful total knee replacements, I've got a good idea about the paying attention part.
Now to lose some pounds and take the strain off not only the knees but the back, feet, heart and probably many other parts I'm not aware of.
Fishing can sometimes be troublesome. When I have to kneel on the ice or the deck of a boat it's tricky. The new knees don't like kneeling unless there is a lot of padding under them.
In and out of the kayak sometimes presents a problem because they are designed to bend just so far. And so far it hasn't been much of a problem.
To keep knees healthy, look for low impact sports instead of ones that cause a lot of pounding especially on those knee joints. Oh, they are designed to take it but down the road you'll pay.
Being blessed with good genes would help a lot but isn't something you have control over. I think back to the days of long distance running-usually 6-8 miles daily-never giving a thought that these joints were taking a beating.
So what's the trick? There isn't any. Enjoy life but in moderation in all things. It definitely pays off the older you get.

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