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  1. ok, but you are comparing these things to athletes, not every day people. I would venture to guess that the majority of people looking for ways to be healthy are not people running triathlons, or playing professional sports. They are people who are living an average life and looking for ways to live longer and healthier and play their golf games without pain. Those are the people i deal with. Someone once said : The only thing that is real is what we experience. and I am simple saying what I have experienced over the last twenty years. You do not have to agree with it. If it is worth anything I would say if someone came up to me when I was in my 40s and said to me what I am saying here, I would have told them to go to hell. LOL
  2. It is your body and you get to choose, It is not about getting hurt. It is about tightening the muscles and compression of the spine. All day every day we have gravity pushing us down and as we age that compression actually shrinks people. Now if we put heavy weights on our back do you think that helps compression or creates more ? Besides that as I stated our bodies are dynamic and we want the muscles to work together as a unit. This is not stuff I am making up, these are things I have experienced and have observed in my classes. Whenever I have weightlifters in my class, I see the same thing. They can not move with fluidity. Now if they created a balance of weights and stretching they would limit the damage, but I only had one person in my class that has done that and he started weights at the same time he started doing the classes, so I consider him the exception. As far as cardio goes , I could write a whole chapter on that. Contrary to popular opinion we do not have to move the body quickly to create cardio. We can do it with the breath as long as we are creating an intensity in the muscles. My resting heart rate gets below athletic and I do not do any running or treadmills or anything of the sort. With that all said you should do what works for you and if lifting is what to do then I say do it. I lifted for 30 years, so I understand where you are coming from. I will turn 70 this year and I think much different now. Thanks
  3. That is your body talking to you. I had the same experience some 25 years ago. I would suggest you listen to it and stay off the weights. I do not know how old you are but at about 50 most people start to feel the effects of the tight muscles from the heavy lifting. If you are preparing the body for golf and life, you are far better off using exercises that are dynamic in nature and build strength by creating muscle integration instead of muscle isolation. You need to keep the muscles lengthened around the back not tightened. That will only cause you more problems down the line, but I would imagine you already know that. You could also have used inversion therapy to lengthen the muscles in the back and create more separation between the vertebrae . That might not be advisable anymore. Good Luck. .
  4. Hatha is a generic term in Yoga. It just means physical Yoga. I teach my own brand that I have developed over the last 20 years. It is very slow moving but yet demanding. In fact I have found we build more strength in the body when we move as opposed to moving fast. Why ? Because we activate more supportive muscles then we do with fast movement. This methodology is used in some kinds of weight training called time under tension. As far as your hamstrings go. you are not alone. You may have short hamstrings to begin with. Any Yoga class is like going to a buffet. A lot of things are offered because the instructor is working on different parts of body and for different reasons ( strength, mobility, balance ) What I suggest is picking out a few exercises that work on your tight hamstrings. Example : 1. seated forward fold with legs bent, 2. Laying down on back lifting one leg with a strap and guiding the leg toward the head. I would also add a calf stretch. Put your foot on a chair and let most of your foot hang off, just keep the ball mount on it . Bring your hands on the top of the thigh and put some weight on it to lengthen the calf muscle. Do some of these every day along with the rest of your program .Hope this helps !
  5. Congratulation you are among a small minority of men who take up the challenge. I think it is 20 %. Most think it is for women and continue to tighten their muscles with weights and see strength as building muscle. I have been teaching and doing Yoga for 20 years and there is nothing that compares to it. Of course one has to be careful when we say Yoga, That term is a generic term that can mean a lot of different styles. A person has to find the right style for them and it appears you have. Keep up the good work and keep sharing .
  6. sounds like you have an exiting summer planned.
  7. put your time into keeping it stretched out
  8. It is a little early for me, especially after the winter we have had
  9. I have not been on this forum for awhile so I thought I would share a few things. I am 69.5 and along with golf still play volleyball, and Pickleball and do at least one of these every day. I have always worked out, but at 48 I made some big changes in my workout routine. Despite what we would like to believe : Age does matter. I quit lifting heavy weights and starting doing more mobility, strength, and balance training. I have never looked back. I have committed to the idea of muscle integration, replacing muscle isolation ( heavy weights)I am not saying this is for everyone and for those who get satisfaction and results from lifting I say continue, but for the aging body there are trade offs. Golf is a dynamic sport that relies on all muscle groups working together and it is my belief that we should train it that way.
  10. Balance is something most people overlook especially young people who tend to focus on strength training. Balance is having a strong core, but it is also about strong legs and it is also about being mobile. Remember all the muscles are connected and we want them to respond that way as one unit. So we want to build a strong flexible muscle that will respond to the activity that is being presented. I work with some high school sports teams and I have found them to be way too tight for my liking especially in the calves and hamstrings.I wonder what they will be like at 40. Practicing balance exercises should become a high priority as we age, but if you start young and form the habit, you will not have to worry. . It works ! I am 69 and my balance is just as good as when I was 20.
  11. coming from someone who has cured a herniated disk and a pinched nerve, over 20 years ago, I can assure there are things to do besides having some doctor cut on you. I realize sometimes that is necessary, but only as a last resort. I had doctors tell me the same thing and a Chiropractor tell me I had the worst back he had ever seen, but I kept searching. They were wrong. Think about it, all day every day we have gravity pushing down on us on one end and then on the other end we walk on cement floors that have no give. It is like being in a vice. What happens over years. The end result is compression of the spine and the answer to compression is decompression. I used inversion, (boots at that time ) and began to invert every day and you know what I learned ? That much of our problem is caused by tight muscles that hold the compressed spine in pace and keep it from stretching. Not one doctor told me that in the 3 years I searched for answers. I found it myself. Once I stretched out the muscles in my back, then the spine was able to lengthen and release the impingement that was causing the problem. There is a big difference between a strong muscle and a tight muscle. If the muscles are tight, the rest of the system is threatened. I still invert a few times a week and do Yoga. Once the muscles are lengthened, then It only takes some matinince to keep that length. This has allowed me at 68 to play golf, volleyball, ski and anything else I want to. I did find a Chiropractor in California who uses an inversion table in his practice and also does Yoga and is a believer. He and I are going to Collaborate on an ebook about this subject. Believe me there are things you can do.
  12. Good idea if you get the table start slowly just like you did with Yoga. The muscles have to adapt to the position. Also the blood is rushing to the head and you have to get used to that. So start slow with just a few minutes then add time as you get used to it. You also do not have to go all the way upside down. I have been doing Yoga and using the inversion table for over 20 years
  13. you got it. no one wants to start at the beginning, but that is always the best way. You have to crawl before you walk
  14. Maybe your back is trying to tell you something
  15. Do you have back pain ? Most inversion tables end up like yours, but that is not your fault. They do not come with programs and they need to. Start slow and understand the muscles have to stretch first then the spine will stretch and you will get the full benefit.
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