Recently, after several months of training at the local Y and changing some fat to muscle and with some modest pant size changes I decided to let up on my routines and walk a bit in the event I get away to some remote central american town this winter. The rest is based on some pain in my lower back right side but also for my ankles and knees which have been tested over the past few months. All are in freefall pain right now and have me wondering the wisdom of weight training or actually anything beyond a 20 minute walk on the treadmill.
The mental side of feeling fit has underestimated value. The taughtness of muscle and the firmness of your gait is a boost to your failing body image as one enters the senior years. Making every attempt to reclaim your youthful strength you will sometimes exceed the capacity of your muscle and lungs to pop into perfect form and return you to yesteryear where there were no bones rubbing or tendons slacking. Do not go there. Find your limits early in your new found exercise regimine and scale back gradually in time and intensity to preserve your reconstituted self.
I am in wait mode right now to see if I have oversteped my bounds and plead gently to my muscles and bones to stop hurting.