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After a few months of basic physical activity, I returned to working on home improvements. I was adding a new electrical run that would go to a switch and power to two 8 foot led tubes that light the upper loft storage area in the barn loft. The lights are up at about 16 feet, in the highest peak area. Up and down the ladder many times in a few places. More because I was trying to figure out what parts I needed and how to get the wire from one area to that area.

I am hurting. :) Getting older shows how you need to do certain activities or you pay when you try to pick them up again.

My goal this week will be to climb up and down that ladder several times each day even after that particular project is done. I then plan to incorporate ladder climbing at least 3 times a week into my exercises.
 

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Eh, when you get my age you get used to aches. I'm pretty active and some muscle is always sore. I can generally think about what I did yesterday and remember what I did to aggravate it. Sometimes I wake up with a sore neck muscle from sleeping in the wrong position. It's sad when you can hurt yourself by doing nothing.
 

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Standing on the ladder I find I stretch the calf muscle because the heel of the foot is setting lower than the ball of the foot on the rung when I balance to clean windows. Usually doesn’t hit me until the next day.
I’ve pulled back of the thigh muscles when I knelt and bent over the bathtub to wash little dogs.
 

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Standing on the ladder I find I stretch the calf muscle because the heel of the foot is setting lower than the ball of the foot on the rung when I balance to clean windows. Usually doesn’t hit me until the next day.
I’ve pulled back of the thigh muscles when I knelt and bent over the bathtub to wash little dogs.
Trick I discovered with my windows that removes using the ladder. Extendable car was brush, some dish soap in a bucket of water and hose. I scrubbed the windows with the brush, then hosed them off. Surprisingly there were no water spots or streaks.

Of course that doesn't work so well for second story windows. And your neck might talk to you about it later.
 

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Surprisingly there were no water spots ....
We have sweet well water but it has enough mineral content to spot windows, car finish, etc. if left to dry. And getting the stains/spots off is a pain. Vinegar, whatever, its a bunch of elbow grease. That's OK. I'll take good tasting water any day.

But to this post its more than the aching muscles. I can deal with that. But it is diminished dexterity, balance and the worst: strength. And I'm not yet 70. It sucks to have to be conscious of so many things I used to take for granted. Having said that, it is taking things for granted that has resulted in current health stuff which is structural. But then that affects muscular and that affects this that and the other.

I was without fear in younger years. I always healed up and moved on quickly. But oh, darn, that activity came back to haunt me.

Painterswife, activity is my grease, soreness be damned. Be happy to work hard enough to get sore.
 

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We have sweet well water but it has enough mineral content to spot windows, car finish, etc. if left to dry. And getting the stains/spots off is a pain. Vinegar, whatever, its a bunch of elbow grease. That's OK. I'll take good tasting water any day.

But to this post its more than the aching muscles. I can deal with that. But it is diminished dexterity, balance and the worst: strength. And I'm not yet 70. It sucks to have to be conscious of so many things I used to take for granted. Having said that, it is taking things for granted that has resulted in current health stuff which is structural. But then that affects muscular and that affects this that and the other.

I was without fear in younger years. I always healed up and moved on quickly. But oh, darn, that activity came back to haunt me.

Painterswife, activity is my grease, soreness be damned. Be happy to work hard enough to get sore.
I agree. I just have to remind myself that as I get older I need to not forget to do exercise all the muscles because rebounding takes much longer these days. A bit of use keeps things moving.

My other activity is working in the crawl space. Enough space to walk bent over but not enough to stand up. I end up doing all the work down there because my hubby is 6'5 to my 5'6 and while I have back pain when I do work there, I have far less than my tall husband. :) I am not yet 70 either but I am close.
 

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yeah i'm stiff as a poker right now.i have been at it since 5am. had to get the step ladder in to reach the top cupboard. then up and down stairs i dont know how many times.

i'm giving up for today and maybe watch a movie. then try to get to bed early so i can start early again in the morning. if i keep this up i'll have the whole house sorted out by the weekend. ~Georgia
 

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My other activity is working in the crawl space.
Oh my gosh. How I can relate. There is coconut milk down there that the wife wants for cooking. It's there but I can't find it. Not to mention other things. I always find a different priority than going to the crawl space but I am running out of excuses. This is typical but that night seemed to hit a record.

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These aren't all specific spices. She has jars and jars of premixed concoctions. I think some of them may ward off evil spirits. But I'm still around.
 

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Yesterday was the second day. I went out and did some ladder climbing. I came back in and after about half an hour the worst of the pain was over. :) I put on a small bit of Rumalaya ( Indian pain creme) and this morning I have no aches or pains.
 

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After a few months of basic physical activity, I returned to working on home improvements. I was adding a new electrical run that would go to a switch and power to two 8 foot led tubes that light the upper loft storage area in the barn loft. The lights are up at about 16 feet, in the highest peak area. Up and down the ladder many times in a few places. More because I was trying to figure out what parts I needed and how to get the wire from one area to that area.

I am hurting. :) Getting older shows how you need to do certain activities or you pay when you try to pick them up again.

My goal this week will be to climb up and down that ladder several times each day even after that particular project is done. I then plan to incorporate ladder climbing at least 3 times a week into my exercises.
Have an exercise machine I've been using for years. Basic stuff .. low bar, high bar, press. Don't use the butterfly, it messed up my shoulder a few years ago. Also use an incline bench for the abs, a few grip squats for the hands and
legs. In the afternoon I do 1/2 hour on the sole stationary bike. Monday through Friday without fail.
 

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No exercise machine. I don't have the room but I also find that everyday activities ( stair climbing, hay bale lifting, moving 50 pound bags of feed etc) work better for me in the long run. The ladder used some muscles that only get used in a certain way on the ladder or hiking up the trails. Too much snow for the trails so I need to add the ladder during the winter.
 

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i think that's what does it for me also. the stair climbing. my mother use to say that and she lived to almost 100. i can't remember many times when she just sat unless it was for knitting and a lot of that she did on the run.
 

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HIIT training had been scientifically proven to rebuild muscles and joints if done properly. Since I have been doing it, my rotator cuff has improved to the point of no more pain. You don't even need weights but I have been using bands. It increases human growth hormones and burns calories. This causes tissue and muscle to rebuild like nature intended.
 

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Oh yes, I definitely save money not joining a gym. I get all of the physical labor I need just working around our place. This weekend, cutting trees and getting branches, small trees, etc into the chipper/shredder to clear a new fence line Bending, pulling, pushing, lugging.....I got a full body workout and sure am feeling it. But that means I'm still alive! 😉
 

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Too much snow for yard work here and that is half the problem. It was down to -6 that last few nights and only just above 10 degrees during the day. I bundled up and worked in the barn. Climbing to the loft and up and down the ladders kept me warm. I would go warm up in the house when I did get too cold.
 

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I am still working on the ceiling of my house. To put up one course of 1x6 shiplap, requires moving the ladders nine times. Buy the time I have done two courses of boards, I need a nap.
 
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