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dejanzie wrote:
maverickz wrote:
fangblackbone wrote:

10,000 hours makes you an expert, right?

No, it doesn't. Alas.

If that were true, I would be way better at soccer than my current skill level. Also gaming.

I've been an adult for (approximately) 323,000 hours, and I'm damn sure no expert at adulting.


On the other hand, a perfectly ripe Anjou pear is light years ahead of any apple.

An unripe Anjou pear is sadness.


That's not getting older, thats getting lazier.

I used to get those injuries in my 20s and 30s when i wasn't in good shape. Now I'm stronger and fitter in my 40s and more importantly, training in ways that emphasize functional mobility, I just don't.


a cynic may point out that I've swapped underuse injuries like in the OP with overuse injuries from training, and while there's some truth in that, it's not comparing apples and oranges - tennis elbow is manageable/treatable where not being able to get out of bed from an incorrect sneeze isn't.

Functional mobility rocks. Body weight exercises, yoga, unconstrained weights like kettlebells that require control in all axes... Much better effects for me than weights on a rack going up and down. (Not that those are bad but I built my strength doing farm work as a child/teen and that has served me extremely well over the years.)

Do not under estimate the plank. If you ever want to be humbled by something so simple yet works out your core and a whole host of muscles, try the plank and see if you can make a minute ;P

My dad told me they used planks as punishment in (Navy) boot camp.

fangblackbone wrote:

Do not under estimate the plank. If you ever want to be humbled by something so simple yet works out your core and a whole host of muscles, try the plank and see if you can make a minute ;P

Yes, and.

Planks are great as one ingredient in the core-strength soup. A big ingredient, to be sure, but they don't tell the whole picture. Particularly from a functional mobility perspective, they're not giving you any useful functionality, unless your lifestyle calls for a lot of planking.

Keep doing them, just don't keep ONLY doing them.

I've spoken with people and it turns out that I can't avoid Mountain Climbers forever. Maybe I'll enjoy diabetes.

If it's not mountain climbers, it'll be burpees, Grenn. Pick your healthy draught...

I want to get some good core strengthening exercises that aren't tied up with BS... Anyone got a reference? I'd love something a physical therapist would recommend. (The wife injures her back a lot these days and I figure something low impact at the start might be a good way to avoid it in the future.)

Here's a program from a PT office.
These are pretty gentle and can be easily done at home with a yoga pad.

Try this.

Do you have any kettlebells? Have her pick up the heaviest one as if it were a suitcase (so it's held a bit out from the body so as not to brush the thigh). Walk around. Repeat on other side.

With the same weight, hold the kettlebell to the chest and do safe squats (thighs not going past vertical, butt cheeks clenched, back angled forward but straight rather than hunched).

Holding a weight to the chest, legs shoulder width apart, twist gently from side to side. If you want added effort, simply move the weight a bit further out.

You can find a ton of stuff on the web simply by searching "core strength exercises" or similar.

That PT link Robear put up is a great set of exercises. Also, try to make sure daily core stabilization in posture is a secondary focus. Also, making sure to engage core muscles if doing chores or house work will help greatly.

I was exposed a lot to PT exercises growing up child of a PT & worked in their office. I learned a lot from them all have have helped assist with daily life & basic sports injuries.


To expand on Robear's great suggestions, specifically the suitcase carry - ANY exercise where you're supporting an off-centerline load like this is by definition a core exercise, because it's your core that keeps you from collapsing over to the loaded side.

So if you have a single kettlebell, you have a core-strength tool. If you can learn to get that kettlebell to the rack position (easy way is to do it two handed, harder way is a one handed "clean" off the ground - well worth learning), then a single KB squat becomes a killer core exercise. Same for your 1H KB swing, row, press and clean.






Someone hasn't realized that they were supposed to turn off Filter and Sticky keys keyboard shortcuts as soon as they take ownership of a PC

Filter keys was a Microsoft 'innovation' obviously devised by someone that has never actually used a keyboard for work. A plague on both their houses


Yep. You develop a myriad of tricks and tactics to remember stuff and it *still* happens. Sigh. Out of sight, out of mind.

We have very little object permanence, apparently.

God does that EVER sum up what it's like living with ADHD and how depressed it can make you. I've developed a few strategies to circumvent it (bulletjournaling really helped) but they're not perfect. I still forget about major tasks I need to do and then up having to do it last minute in a panic

Yeah, but that life skill - doing things under immense stress and short timelines - is a very valuable one to businesses. We are great at crisis management (and break down later after everything is sorted out).

ADHD has much to recommend it if, you know, you can handle the anxiety. I spent 40-odd years on a near-daily adrenaline rush, which by that point had begun to affect my heart and mind. If not for the meds I'd have been dead long ago.