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ARCHIMEDESII
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12/28/12 2:02 P

BLUESENOUGH,

How about some cross training to reduce the impact on your joints ? You don't have to give up running. You could swap a couple of days with cycling. Do you have a bike ? If so, then how about riding it twice a week instead of running ? If you don't own a bike, do you have access to a pool ? Swimming is another great low impact activity you can do as cross training.

How about walking ? I love walking. I walk everywhere. it's wonderful exercise. take a long walk a couple of times a week. Do you have a gym membership ? If so, try spinning. that's a high intensity low impact cardiovascular workout. it's basically an indoor cycling class. it's lots of fun and a great workout. gentle on the joints too.

You don't have to do high impact exercises to get a good workout. Low impact exercises like Zumba or dancing are good too. And you can do plank without being on your wrists. Do the modified plank on your forearms or on a stability ball. If you really want a challenging exercise, try holding plank on a stability ball.

And you might want to ask your doctor if you can do yoga. I have bad knees and I've found that yoga has helped make small improvements.

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MARITIMER3
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12/28/12 11:16 A

I have bad knees too, and one bad shoulder. My doctor says the best exercises for me are swimming and aquafitness. If you have access to a pool, try them.



STDWYNWEN
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12/28/12 10:36 A

Hi BLUESENOUGH

You can modify any DVD's you have to be 'low-impact'. Just keep one foot on the ground. Jumping jacks, Burpee's and the like can be done 'low impact'.

Invest in some knee pads (like the volleyball players wear).
When you do a plank do it on your forearms instead of the weight being on your wrists.

Good Luck



TENOR4COUNTS
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12/28/12 10:06 A

Obviously anything that keeps the weight off your problem joints. Try the SP Fitness tracker. It has lots of exercises and many of them are sitting or lying down.

I have had knee problems for years,and about 4-6 months ago I starte taking glucosamine-chondroitin and omega 3 fish oil supplements. I have just started to notice a difference when I am on my feet a lot or doing strength training that targets my legs. You might ask your doctor if that might benefit your problems.



BLUESENOUGH
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12/28/12 2:26 A

I consider myself an intermediate-to-advanced exerciser, but some of my joints have been giving me a lot of grief lately -- mostly my knees and one of my wrists. I went and talked to my doctor, and he said that working out is fine, but I should stay away from anything that puts my body weight on my wrists (e.g., push ups, planks), and anything too high impact.

Unfortunately for me, I'm a runner and I do Jillian Michaels videos, which can be very hard on the joints! Most of the low impact workout videos I've tried don't seem to be difficult enough for my fitness level. I'm wondering if anyone can give me some suggestions for workout videos that are not high impact but still give a hard workout? Thanks in advance!



 
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