Stiff old man. Creaky old man. Won’t even mention “Cranky old man”. As we age we naturally loose the flexibility of youth. I see this everyday when I work out at the gym. For some, this results in numerous aches and pains, for others, more focus on joint pain, or maybe a specific joint that “gives them trouble”. What I see most are folk who decide they can no longer do a specific exercise or series of exercises because they hurt.
Over the years I found that one thing that really bugs me is not being able to look behind me when backing a car. Which is really bad because 1. I think I am a good driver (a belief held by 99.994% of the men out there), and 2. Because I would really not like to back into something. Like it or not, as the years went by, I just couldn’t turn far enough to see where I was going.
The other thing that getting older taught me years ago was that I needed to be more careful when doing things - if I wasn’t I would likely strain something, like my back, and that I would be in pain until I was smart enough to back off for a while and let the strain heal.
On top of this, my life-long (OK, post 25 anyway) focus on exercise kept me fit, but, if anything, resulted in even more loss of range of motion - exercise, without stretching, can all too quickly make you stronger and less flexible.
The good news from perhaps my 45th birthday till my 55th is that Kelly, my wife, became very good at giving me back massages that loosened up my back and got my backbone back into alignment.
Oh, and I learned the benefit of taking ibuprofen and using ice packs to reduce inflamation.
In my next post I will talk about what I have done to reduce my bodies aches and pains.