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Old 10-04-2001, 09:57 AM   #5
Dojo: Aikido Center of South Texas
Location: Houston,Tx
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 151
I have a bad lower back from my many years of baseketball. It seems that aikido has helped to strenghten my back. I have been in aikido for over 7 years now, and I still need to really make sure and warm up properly. Of course I am probably a bit older than you are (44) and I really take a while warming up my knees (basketball also), neck, shoulders, hips, feet, etc...

In the long run, I feel much better today than I did years ago. I attribute it directly to aikido. I feel that the stretching is really beneficial and will help me as enter my 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, etc...

Don't give up, it will only get better. Do as much as you feel that your body can take. Nobody can make that determination for you.
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