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The serious consequence of exercising too much, too fast

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    Fascinating article. I wonder if this afflicts weekend warrior hikers (like most of us are) as well? A long layoff or poor conditioning followed by an all-day punishing hike seems like a recipe for disaster. Thoughts?

  • #2
    Could explain my many days hiking when I was gasping for oxygen and barely able to walk....then, crawl....then, slither.
    Nothing like being in the woods.


    • Makwa
      Makwa commented
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      Or you could be the first documented case of cigar-induced rhabdomyolysis.

    • Gerard01
      Gerard01 commented
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      ha ha ha ha

  • #3
    Seems every year we hear of a few sudden deaths on hiking trails, of most recent in NH I believe. With the recent pandemic I’m sure that’s increased, although without data I really couldn’t say exactly.

    Before the pandemic we noticed an increase in outdoor activity thanks to social media, encouraging people to go deeper and farther, in some cases unprepared.

    It really boils down to listening to your doctor and then talk to them about exercising.

    I have always started each season off gradually building my way up with endurance and aerobic exercises.

    Interesting article, thanks for sharing.
    "That sounds like a terrible idea.... What time?"


    • #4
      Interesting, it was just a few years ago that I was introduced to the aging process with a need to acquire the services of a urologist and cardiologist for the first time. Coincidentally my number of hikes and maintenance of training also had decreased. Often out of embarrassment I pushed myself harder with lessor results. Had I not sought the services of specialist and since both my cardiac, kidney and muscle function was effected it would have been easy to self diagnose as subcritical Rhabdo.
      and I would have been wrong, however I have learned a lot about my body and aging. Most importantly I ain’t in my 40’s anymore and expecting the same performance levels are simply not possible for me. In the last year I focused heavily on aerobic training and a more consistent hiking and training regimen and weight loss as a means to maintaining a fairly acceptable level of fitness with minimal injury or extended recovery requirements.
      "Climbing is about freedom. There's no prize money; there are no gold medals. The mountains are all about going there to do what you want to do. That's why I'll never tell anyone else how to climb. All I can say is, This is how I prefer to do it."
      Ed Viesturs


      • Makwa
        Makwa commented
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        Getting old sucks. Unfortunately, Father Time is undefeated. The best we all can do is forestall the aging process as long as possible by taking care of ourselves. In my opinion, staying active is right at the top of the list toward accomplishing that. Your quality of life is far better as you age if you have mobility. I'm fortunate to have good genes in this regard with my parents still nimble and active at 80 and all of my grandparents quite agile and moving around right up until their deaths. Unfortunately though, my father's side of the family passed down the bad genes and predisposition for coronary artery disease to me. I'm no stranger to the cardiologist's office having started there at age 44. I've only mentioned this once or twice on the forum over the years but I have a half dozen stents in me that I got back in early 2010. Now nearly 12 years later, I'm still the youngest patient in the office every time I show up for a check-up. That's depressing but at least I know I'm healthy. EKG hasn't changed a blip since they placed the stents and I have zero limitations on any activities. I actually hiked my first 11 High Peaks with a 100% blockage in one coronary artery and 70% blockages in two others. Back in the fall of '09 I made it to the summit of Mount Marcy in a few minutes over four hours with no blood flowing to half of my heart. I challenge anybody to top that story! Imagine my surprise when they stopped my stress test after about 3 minutes on a treadmill out of fear I'll keel over and die when they saw my blood pressure reading. This was just a few months after doing that hike of Marcy and I was stunned.

        The other huge health consideration is weight. You just don't want to be lugging those extra pounds around. That limits mobility and you all know the other reasons it's bad for you so I won't enumerate them here. A while back a buddy of mine said something that stuck with me and has always been a motivation to lose some weight when I needed to. He said, "You don't see any fat 100-year-olds." There's some wisdom there.

      • FlyFishingandBeer
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        My first trip to the cardio office was at 32 and I've been back a handful of time since with a plethora of mixed results. Finally, a couple of years ago I got a new doctor (a PA actually, they seem to care more) who ran me through the full gauntlet of testing and as it turns out I suffer from borderline extreme vitamin D deficiency, which in my case is caused by sleep apnea. Apparently this is something I developed when I separated from the military and put on my initial "civilian 15." Since this diagnosis, I've gone through several different approaches to shedding the extra pounds and have been constantly finding new ways to increase my overall activity levels and have gone back to incorporating resistance training into my workout routines with very positive results. I'm overweight, but very active and not obese.

        One hot tip for staying active is to go out and adopt a pure bred chocolate lab puppy for your family. These dogs make German shepherds seem docile by comparison and need two walks of 3+ miles daily.

    • #5
      This is very interesting. Thanks for posting it.
      My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the west.


      • #6
        Just saw this story about a woman who got rhabdo from a spin class...