My aging body

September 19, 2016 by Joshua
in Fitness

Someone asked on a forum for men over 30 when they started noticing physical declines. I thought I’d share what I wrote there here:

My body overall peaked in my early 30s but the decline is a lot slower than I expected. My sports performance dropped off heavily. I played nationals-level ultimate frisbee then. Now I’m a bit player in summer league. A couple years, maybe age 32 to 35, saw enough drop-off that I couldn’t compete.

Still, I could run marathons with decent times for a while. I still can but it takes more training, or rather the training takes more recovery time.

The biggest issue is time for injuries to heal. A small pull that used to take a week to heal, and I could still compete on without significantly reinjuring it, takes months to heal and the slightest reinjury sets me back weeks. Same with recovery time. A lot longer.

Flexibility is terrible too. I got to touching my toes last year for the first time in at least ten years with a lot of effort, but an injury undid it and it will take months to get back to what in my twenties was a given.

Keeping fit is still reasonably easy, still. Here’s my gratuitous picture of myself on my 45th birthday, with what I consider pretty good ab definition. I’ve never had a goal of big muscles, so I don’t have them, but my resting heart rate is in the 50s per minute. Regular exercise and a healthier diet than ever help a lot.

I think beliefs affect a lot. I remind myself that George Foreman won the heavyweight title at my age. He’s an outlier, but still human.

I see a lot of guys commenting on eyes. Lasik was one of my best decisions. I wore glasses from about thirteen years old. Lasik in my 30s was awesome. Losing near vision now, though.

[Sigh]… Time marches on, never ending. We all get our turn at each stage.

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2 responses on “My aging body

  1. How did you find the right place to do Lasik? That’s probably what’s holding me back from doing it. I live in NYC. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about 8 years old (near-sighted) and contact lenses never really worked for me. Thx.

  2. I spoke to people who had had it done about their experience and went with a doctor who was near me whose patients spoke highly of their experience.

    After more than ten years, I don’t know local doctors any more so I can’t recommend, but I think my process is the best way to do it: talk to as many people as you can who have had the procedure, then go with the best recommendations. And only do it if or when you feel comfortable. Every procedure has risks and ultimately you have to live with the results.

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