Re: long-term exercising
I've been exercising since junior/high school - started out swimming competitively, loved downhill skiing - running track - playing badminton - was the 'student athlete' - my girlfriend just said I was a 'jock.'
College was just keeping in shape to meet the AF Fitness test - same with early 20's - let myself go in late 20's early 30's - then started lifting weights and aerobics (elliptical, bike and running). Also 6-10 mile walks in Europe, skiing a lot - have noticed as I get older, the aches and pains occur more often and that I need to balance my exertion rate and the way I move - the twisting in badminton is OK when playing but afterwards, my back hurts. My knees hurt a bit more after downhill skiing and running - didn't used to. Keeping the weight off is more difficult - when you are a jock, you don't pay too much attention to what you eat in terms of portion control as you are exercising a lot anyhow - as one gets older, the metabolism still decreases and I find I need to pay attention to portion control more. I read that from age 40 onward, every decade one should try and decrease their daily caloric intake by 500 calories to compensate for the metabolism decrease. Of course, exercise helps to regain some of that ability to eat more, however, 'chowing like a horse' with no concomitant affect on your weight doesn't work so much anymore. Bummer.......oh, that and genes - some people are just naturally thin - endomorphs.
Deserat aka Bridget
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