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    So when I finally retire, will I be able to do more than a couple of hours gardening or decorating without my joints all seizing up? Late 50's, I've done 5 hours graft each day for the last two days building planters from sleepers. Back, arms, legs all stiff (and legs cramped) until the inevitable alcohol lubrication. I do an hour's cardio every morning (bike and rowing) and am not a fatty. So when I do retire will I get used to the general activity of "doing things" or am I never going to be able to do stuff again without the inevitable consequences? Does 30+ years at a desk mean that there's no way back?
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    Exercise is composed of resistance training and flexibility as well as cardio.

    So if you aren't doing all 3 parts then yes you will have problems.
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    The day you retire, everything will sieze up and you'll die of a heart attack the minute you pick up a plant pot.

    Or, you'll be fine as long as you keep active.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockhouse View Post
    So when I finally retire, will I be able to do more than a couple of hours gardening or decorating without my joints all seizing up? Late 50's, I've done 5 hours graft each day for the last two days building planters from sleepers. Back, arms, legs all stiff (and legs cramped) until the inevitable alcohol lubrication. I do an hour's cardio every morning (bike and rowing) and am not a fatty. So when I do retire will I get used to the general activity of "doing things" or am I never going to be able to do stuff again without the inevitable consequences? Does 30+ years at a desk mean that there's no way back?
    The cardio will keep your heart in good nick and be good for endurance, but the work you've just been doing is equivalent to spending two days in the gym lifting weights. If you don't do any form of weight training, even body weight, then you are gong to feel it.

    Body weight squats, press-ups, planks, situps etc are all good for building muscle tone and strength. And some of that to your regime and you'll notice a difference. You can start adding weight as you build muscle tone.

    I'm early fifties and doing two days a week in the gym doing weights and 3 or 4 on the bike. One supports the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockhouse View Post
    So when I finally retire, will I be able to do more than a couple of hours gardening or decorating without my joints all seizing up? Late 50's, I've done 5 hours graft each day for the last two days building planters from sleepers. Back, arms, legs all stiff (and legs cramped) until the inevitable alcohol lubrication. I do an hour's cardio every morning (bike and rowing) and am not a fatty. So when I do retire will I get used to the general activity of "doing things" or am I never going to be able to do stuff again without the inevitable consequences? Does 30+ years at a desk mean that there's no way back?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    The day you retire, everything will sieze up and you'll die of a heart attack the minute you pick up a plant pot.

    Or, you'll be fine as long as you keep active.
    That reminds me , a contractor colleague in his early 60s retired after 20 years at the same client. He died of a heart attack in a few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy2 View Post
    That reminds me , a contractor colleague in his early 60s retired after 20 years at the same client. He died of a heart attack in a few weeks.
    This is why Tarbie always tells people they're a long time deid - I'm surprised he didn't say that this time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy2 View Post
    That reminds me , a contractor colleague in his early 60s retired after 20 years at the same client. He died of a heart attack in a few weeks.
    Reminds me of my physics teacher.

    Taught for 40 years, hated every minute of it, retired, died in 6 months.

    I've just remembered that he used to dry used teabags on the radiators in the lab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    This is why Tarbie always tells people they're a long time deid - I'm surprised he didn't say that this time
    I'm afraid Tarbie didn't make it.
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