Well, it didn’t take too much out of my day to talk to the doctor and get a physical today. The guy is a physician’s assistant but younger than me and that is cool as I would like to have a doctor who won’t die on me. That said there are indeed a few things wrong with me.
The bulge on my upper abs is actually a very minor hernia which he said explains why it does not hurt. He asked me what I wanted done with it and I thought about what I do for fitness made the decision to be referred to a general surgeon to get it fixed. It’s nothing major but it could get to be something worse and I don’t want that particularly when I start lifting heavy again in the Fall. Better to fix it when it is not a major problem before it becomes a major problem.
I have a couple minor skin conditions: my psoriasis on my shins he thinks can be fixed up with a couple creams to the point it might actually go away for good. I also have a minor fungus that is pretty much athletes foot but in a couple of places that are not my feet. The treatment is the same though. I wonder if my nudist friends could give me a comparison of how many skin diseases and fungi they get compared to when they wear clothes? My thoughts are that our skin is designed to be open to the air and that makes it healthier.
The want to do some lab work but we need to check our insurance to see which lab tests they pay for. Might be a Monday excursion for that. Mostly they want to look at blood sugar and lipids. And they told me to watch my low number on the blood pressure scale as it was a little higher than normal. Nothing serious to require medication yet but they want me to watch it to see if it changes.
My heart is good, my lungs are good, the rest of me is above average. He says I should lose the fat around my middle to help my lower lungs and I might want to take cardio more seriously. I asked about hiking and he said that would be OK as well as weight lifting as long as it is not too heavy. Right now I am on my light weight, high reps part of my yearly cycle anyway. No prostrate issues and all that.
My 47-year-old body simply has rust on it and needs a small repair and I need to improve the circulation a little and get a bigger filter. Nothing to worry overtly about but some things I need to fix and more motivation to get back into prime shape again. Between this check up and my son’s wedding in a month and a half time to get to work.
The Body Rundown:
Strength: I am going to keep to he high reps/low weight for now until the end of June at least. I feel this will keep me safe from hernia issues according to the doctor. It will also get my muscles metabolism up to burn some fat.
Nutrition: I really have to get a handle on this. I need to avoid carbs like the plague.
Cardio: Hiking Training for the month of May. Treadmill fast walk at the gym and covering more and more distance walking. Mini hikes on the weekend.
Flexibility: Full Body Stretching needed. Should help with all the above.
Blessings and Cheers!!!
P.S. – Thanks for the prayers.