Three years ago, I decided I’d take up jogging again while we were down South. There were always hordes of runners circumnavigating the local park and one circuit was almost exactly one mile.
I learned to run differently to avoid creating any further damage in my ankles and knees, (landing toe-heel instead of the more damaging heel-toe) and began.
Some of you may not jog or do vigorous exercise but the reality is if we’re going to live longer lives, we need the benefits of aerobic exercise. So while you may not want to take that pain, or do that work, the reality is it’s critical for longevity and health. My experience is I have to make that decision almost every day because it’s not something I really enjoy. But if it keeps me more active for a longer time….
Let me cut to the chase,
- After a week I was up to one mile jogging.
- After three weeks, I went two miles.
- After 5 weeks, I quit.
My often-injured ankles, as a result of an athletic youth and determination to never allow anybody younger than my former 50-year old body beat me at squash, were swollen and sore.
They weren’t able to take the pressure of a slow jog. I took some time off. They repaired themselves as much as they ever do.
Started jogging again. One mile. Two weeks in, the ankles flared up again and the knees joined them.
I decided my jogging days were over.
I Was Right
My chiropractor took a look at my ankles, laughed and told me the only thing holding them together were the muscles in there. There was no support from any of the other stretched ligaments and tendons etc. He gave me exercises and suggested I never try jogging again.
Your results may vary and your body may handle that stress but mine didn’t.
The same effect happens to me when I try any form of exercise that depends on jumping or support from an ankle.
Some of my resources now say that active exercise that puts any stress on the joints isn’t something that is now recommended for those of us of a more advancing age. Particularly those of us with formerly damaged joints.
Did one day of the old jumping-jacks and called it off.
Now I’m on the hunt for good bodyweight and aerobic exercises that won’t kill me.
Sometimes, just sometimes I learn from my mistakes. You can see the entire range of adventures here on the Living Forever page
And interestingly enough, some of the research I’m reading suggests these two forms of exercise aren’t all that efficient anyway. Here’s my Fitness for Seniors experiments.
Stay tuned. I’m about to launch an entirely different experiment and I’ll have results for you at 4, 8 and 12 weeks. You may want to subscribe for updates.