Sat 22-Dec-12 02:40 AM | edited Sat 22-Dec-12 02:44 AM by ZoneV
>>This is scaring me. I'm a workout person, very recently >>getting into the bodybuilding thing to some extent. Your >>comment about having some trouble with a 70-200 for >several >>hours at age 68 is heartbreaking. I cannot imagine that >>happening 40 years form now; I thought that if I got >really >>strong over the next few years, and then kept good >strength >>and flexibility, I would never have such problems with >>moderate-weight camera gear (e.g. a pro body, 70-200/2.8 >and a >>flash unit). Or is it the joint/rotator cuff injuries that >are >>really responsible for your fatigue these days (and not >so >>much an issue of naturally diminished strength due to >aging)? >>Because, if a former bodybuilder's upper body strength is >>normally that diminished over time, I can only imagine >what >>would happen to a non-fitness/weight training enthusiast >as >>they age (which is why I believe fitness is >essential...to >>protect us from such issues to an extent as we get >older). > >The bone spurs and rotator cup injuries are more responsible >than old age. >When I turned 60 I had both shoulders getting much worst. > My back was so bad I had to walk sideways. > I got bronchitis so bad that I could not walk uphill. >I was sure I was going to die. >Then I had my shoulders and hernia operated on, > got over the Bronchitis, and have been getting stronger ever >since. >So it was all up hill to 40, then down to 60 and now back >upwards again. > >I don't work out with weights that much anymore. >I have been relying on my Landscape Work to keep me in shape. >But there is no work in sight. >Working in my Tree Nursery is not the same as digging >Irrigation ditches but does help. >I am still in better shape than anyone I know who is near my >age. >Most of my moaning is caused by remembering what I could do at >40. >When 30, I used to get a second wind around 2PM. >Now I am ready for my second nap. > >Excuse me, now you made me feel so guilty that I will have to >go get a few revs with my dumb bells. >I think training with them is a good idea for anyone and >really helps when you are hand holding a heavy rig. >
Wow, you were through a lot all at once. No one should have to go through all of that!
That sounds encouraging, actually, though. In my personal experience and also with various family members and people we know having surgeries within the past few years for various things (including one person with neck bone spurs in an area similar to yours) I have to say that these sorts of things can be quite mentally tiring, and discouraging. Also, 2 of these people were in their mid 80s and early 90s and had several major heart surgeries.
A year and a half ago, I would have told you that I would never again be able to wear a camera strap around my neck due to a condition I had. I am now able to once again, no problem, after treatment...though I generally don't anymore, unless it's really necessary, just because I learned how bad it can be to do that. I prefer to wear it on a shoulder unless actually needed.
I can definitely feel the difference when I work out versus don't work out, as far as how heavy or light my 300mm lens feels when handholding. After 6 weeks of dedicated weight training, it diminishes in how hard it is to hold.
I tinkered with weight training in high school, but then did the bare minimum until recently, and I'm again starting up regularly.
As far as landscaping goes: I did some lawn work for a couple of days this past August. I used a verticutter. I had it set wrong, and actually had to push it instead of letting it roll forward. I thought my forearms were going to expload the next few days...intense stifness and muscle soreness, some nerve pain in my arms even...but at the same time, the muscles were just out of control pumped, which was pretty cool.
I'm not sure that the camera really does much for hand or arm strength, no matter how heavy it is. It's sort of an unnatural position to be in.
I think weight training is important to keep doing as long as possible. Form and proper warm-up becomes more important, of course. Dr. Franco Columbu still works out every day.