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    exhausted muscles after mild exercise
    wolfslair posted:
    I am 58,overweight,never smoked. I have always exercised since I was 12. Up until a few months ago I could do 15 push ups, rest one minute, do another set until 10 sets were done. I felt good, felt strong, not really winded or tired. NOW for about 2 months I do a couple sets of 15 then my muscles feel exhausted,I'll do maybe 12, then 8, etc. If I bend over for nay length of time, my back feels exhausted, same for my upper back if I do these row movements with bands. I have always felt good and strong, now I hardly can do a complete workout...such as they are. Am I just getting old...old AND overweight...OR does this mean there could be other problems? I also have a hard time getting air if I string a couple exercises together to make it more quite light headed a couple of times. Any help or pointing me in the right direction will be appreciated. I will be making an appt with my doctor...but it will be some time before I see him. Thanks!!
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    "I also have a hard time getting air if I string a couple exercises together to make it more quite
    lightheaded a couple of times."


    "Am I just getting old...old AND overweight...

    One or both may/could be a factor.

    "OR does this mean there could be other problems?"

    It's a possibility that you may/could have developed a cardiac-related and/or pulmonary-related condition, though obviously, this can only be truly determined by a qualified doctor (or doctors) with the appropriate diagnostics.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

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    deadmanwalking57 responded:
    "Getting old" is a result of less activity than you once did, and muscles that do not retain their strength as well. Increased weight is resistance, makes things more difficult.

    If your diet have not been ideal, then you could have blockages slowly forming, and they are finally to a point they limit blood flow to your heart significantly. Energy for muscles, especially cardio, is completely dependent on how much blood the heart can pump and how fatigue proof your heart is.

    Warming up helps oxygenate your heart, and you might be able to do more. Better to start with lighter cardio.

    I had triple bypass surgery 7 years ago, and through a carefully increased exercise regimen, I am in very good shape, able to play basketball or volleyball for hours, and do sliding seat rowing as I did in college. I could be stronger, but there is only so much time in a day.

    Seriously consider making your diet truly great for the sake of your health.

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