Five Gym-Related Signs You May Be a Geezer or Geezerette

  1. elder fitnessYou argue with your body that it really can do that 30 minutes on the reclining bike.  Your leg begins to mutter about 10 minutes in and by 20 minutes, it complains loudly that the effort is too much (even though you have not increased the resistance past level 1.)  It was able to do up to level 4 two days ago and it has not been injured or abused. You ignore the leg cramp and sigh heavily when the clock shows that 30 minutes have trickled away.
  2. Your body does not want to get down on the floor for stretches (and you don’t woman kneelingwant to let gravity help you get down there more swiftly.) You grab the exercise mat and lie it on the floor, staring at it resentfully.  You know all of the grumbling parts will feel better once they are stretched, but they show no interest in making that happen.  So you bend at the waist (fortunately the hamstrings still cooperate, even if the knees are sulky), touch the floor and walk them forward until you can drop your knees to the mat.  It ain’t purty, but it serves a need.
  3. A new body part joins in the argument about which part is aching the most.  Usually, it’s the knees that complain, but today the right hip feels entitled to join in.  Nothing makes it happy.  Talk about a whiner.
  4. Any piece of equipment in a pinch.  Once the stretches, leg lifts, and the world’sGlute Ham machine. briefest plank position hold have been accomplished, you have to stand back up.  Fortunately, you are next to the Glute Ham developer so it allows you to pull/push yourself up from a kneeling position.

5.  Doing the actual exercises is the easy part.  Getting situated in the machine and adjusting the seat and weight are the hard parts.  Getting out is almost as difficult as getting in.

hip abductor machine
This is one of the most difficult to navigate getting in and out.

13 thoughts on “Five Gym-Related Signs You May Be a Geezer or Geezerette”

  1. Oh, I am so pleased to know I’m not the only one who talks to her body. I give my achy hands a bath in warm, soapy dishwater. I massage them with lotion and tell them “You can do it! Just do it gently!” They don’t listen, of course, but the pep talk is part of the ritual.

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  2. I must have been a geezer at age 25 than. It wasn’t until I turned 30 that I realized that the body lies. it’s basically lazy, and if you ignore it, it will just keep going. When I run distance, I re read books in my head, or write new one’s. it’s mind over matter, and if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

    that said, I have to agree with part 3. Of course what doesn’t hurt anymore, doesn’t work, so I guess that’s a good systems check.

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    1. I love the irony in your responses. Thanks for checking in. I agree that if my mind is occupied with something else, it doesn’t pay attention to the body’s carping. Walking by myself in the chill is a body bitch session waiting to happen, but if I’m chatting with a friend or thinking about something, the time passes quickly and painlessly.


  3. OMG #3 “A new body part joins in the argument about which part is aching the most.” I was just talking about that this morning! Previously, it was my TMJ and my hips, now my lower back has decided to make some noise! Ugh.

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