I am an 80-year-old man. Forty years ago I had a heart attack
after completing a long hike. I stopped smoking but remained very
active, doing a lot of hiking and kayaking. I now walk 2 to 3
miles a day, work out with weights three times a week, and walk
up and down 25 flights of stairs twice a week. My blood pressure,
with the help of medications, hovers around 125/70; my resting
pulse is 55. A year ago I tore my quadriceps tendon, but am now
back to my usual activities. My physician thinks I am pushing too
hard and has urged me to take it easier. Is he right? Should I
follow his recommendation?
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