Training For Older People With or Without an AAA-Stent


Hi folks,

Apparently, abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) of the type I have, distal to the renal arteries extending down to the aortic bifurcation, are more common in men and the average age of detection is my age, 67 years (read this somewhere!), which I guess qualifies as ‘older!.’ As I am interested in finding safe ways to continue my training for Ironman distance triathlons, I started to investigate the literature on training issues for older people. I have, therefore, decided to link articles and titles of books of interest with respect to this issue to this blog (tag = literature). My favorite article indicates that vigorous rowing may be contraindicated for AAA-stent owners, which resulted in my removing a rowing machine warm up from my usual routine at the gym. Right now, my favorite book with respect to improving the safety of my training with an AAA-stent is Born to Run, which introduced me to barefoot running. Barefoot running has many benefits, including increasing one’s awareness of one’s surroundings, especially with respect to the ground. There are a number books addressing training approaches for older or Chez Ollie, and I will read them as I find them and comment as necessary.

OK! Time to climb on the old Power Cranks and then swim. Remember, you are as young as you feel, and don’t get talked into thinking that you are ‘old.’

-k Your Medical Mind

 Important Note: These posts do not provide medical advice. You should always consult your physician before undertaking or significantly modifying an exercise program.

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About Kevin Morgan

About Me: Senior Scientist Ironman Triathlete & Blogger. Carrboro, NC. Mantra: safe exercise for better health through improved mind and body awareness. Business USP: use the experience of an actively competing scientist Ironman triathlete with an abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft to develop a safe approach to exercise for better health through improved mind-body awareness, if you have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, other health challenge, or you are simply dealing with the effects of aging. Marital Status: Partnered Ethnicity: Caucasian
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