Over 50 fitness – The most important body part for long term fitness

The heart? The brain? This won’t be a long post today but a qualifier before I begin. During the pandemic I lost 30 pounds and kept it off. I did this by TRAINING, not working out there is a huge difference. Now this isn’t a fitness blog, I am no diet guru I am an average man who used to be an athlete 30-40 years ago. I am now 52 and I have decades of experience working out. There are posts on my blog explaining some of the nuances I employ in my over 50 fitness journey check them out if you want more tips.

Today I’m going to talk about the most important body part for long term fitness: YOUR KNEE’S.

Your knees are critical to movement and movement = the ability to create long term fitness. Even if all you do is walk you have bad knees you won’t do it. “Ya but I can work upper body without my knees Karac”. Sure you can but you have to walk to the bench, or from your car to the gym. Point here is take care of your knees.

If you are over 50 this should be a priority item for your training regimen. You should be stretching your knees, getting them examined by your medical professional annually. This might mean a scan to see if there is scar tissue or how the knee looks internally. Here are some stats from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons – Link: https://www.aaos.org/

  • By 2030, total knee replacement surgeries are projected to grow 673% to 3.5 million procedures per year.
  • About 60% of all knee replacement operations are performed on women.
  • Approximately 85% of knee replacements will last for 20 years.
  • Nearly 1/2 of American adults will develop knee osteoarthritis in at least one knee in their lifetime.
  • 80% of osteoarthritis patients have some degree of movement limitation.

Millions of people have knee replacement procedures now, and no it is not exclusive to the elderly (although the majority are 65+). The key take away is, in your 50’s if you are working out/training you have to be mindful of your knees and take care of them. They are the key to successful fitness outcomes and they should be your priority.

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4 thoughts on “Over 50 fitness – The most important body part for long term fitness

  1. I wholeheartedly agree about looking after your knee’s.
    I used to abuse mine by cycling like a maniac at a low cadence (rpm). One day I felt something go and I had trouble just walking. It got worse in winter and I just put it down to ‘old age’ (I’m 56)
    Eventually, (several years later) I found a good physiotherapist who put everything right again with a lot of exercises.
    I still do exercises several days a week to keep the muscle strength up around all the joints.

  2. Cycling is rough on your knee’s, running is bad too. Just have to stick with your work out regime and pay close attention to “pains” you get. The older you are the more important this becomes.

  3. I did a lot of weight training and ended up fracturing my left knee (tibia) and tearing up a bunch of cartilage in my right knee. Now all I do is walk. Take care of your knees!

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