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VIOLETLIGHT78
Posts: 10
3/17/13 1:05 A

Thanks to Meg and Charmian, too! I'll look into those options as well. I would love to be swimming or biking, but until I can afford a bike or when it's warm enough to swim... it's so frustrating, because I've really enjoyed my 20-30 minute walks this week, but I have been going slower and slower every day and I can tell my left knee isn't going to let me be a runner, or any such. *sigh*



VIOLETLIGHT78
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3/17/13 1:03 A

Thanks for the replies, everyone. Coach Jen, no, I've not been to a doctor about this yet. It's a relatively small amount of pain and it doesn't interfere with every day activities, so I always forget about it... until I want to start doing an exercise routine of some kind, in which case my knees, ankles and feet always start protesting. You're right I should go... I'll add that to my to-do list. emoticon



MEGTHEAVENGER
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3/15/13 8:24 P

And yes, as you build muscle and strengthen your muscles, getting strong from workouts, you are likely to experience fewer joint issues. It depends what the problem might involve, though, so it helps to get checked out. I know whenever I get out of my routine and don't exercise regularly for a long while (almost starting out like a novice), causing my muscles to weaken and tighten, I struggle a lot but soon feel a lot better if I keep at it. Just start easy and work your way up. If walking hurts, just do short distance and go slow, wear good and supportive shoes, then it's eventually likely to get easier and you can up the challenge. Above all, make sure you stretch, even on non-workout days.



MEGTHEAVENGER
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3/15/13 8:19 P

I get joint and muscle problems (from spending far too long not being active, aging, desk job, etc.). Though I'm not a fan of power yoga or the like yet, I do enjoy the gentle versions on a DVD that I have called "Yoga: Gentle Practice" by Zyrka Landwijt, which I got on Amazon. There are no bendy pretzel poses, unless you do the longer workouts. It's very relaxing and very mild, and it's definitely help stretch me out and I experience a lot less stiffness in my muscles and joints. I sometimes do it after working out or after a hot bath. It helps with basic stretching and strengthening.

I also do the Walk Away the Pounds lately, so as not to hurt myself too much. I can handle high-impact or things like Zumba, but don't care for the jarring--at least until I get into better shape. The movements are easy and very low-impact, but has you moving quickly. I agree, though, swimming is the way to go if you can do it; I don't live near a pool though.

Another thing to consider, aside from getting checked up by your doctor, is maybe supplements. Glucosamine, chondroitin, Hyaluronic acid, and MSM really help me (ha, and my dog) when it comes to joints. I find liquid works best, even if the idea is a bit foul. Some people also take their Omega-3s. It takes a while to work, about a few weeks, but I definitely notice a difference if I don't take it for a while, though I try to take it a few days a week. Calcium, a change in diet, and other vitamins help, too, of course.



SPARK_COACH_JEN
Posts: 55,165
3/14/13 6:41 A

Hello

Have you ever been to the doctor to get these issues checked out? It's hard to know exactly what to suggest without knowing the cause of the problem. There's usually an underlying issue that causes pain in the joints, and your doctor might be able to work with you to find a solution.

Slight discomfort or soreness is normal when starting a new exercise routine. But if you're having pain, that usually means that either you're not doing the exercise correctly, or there's a medical issue that needs attention.

Coach Jen



CHARMIAN2
Posts: 996
3/14/13 3:28 A

Walk in place while watching TV..add a Leslie Sansone walking tape and only do what is gentle.



VIOLETLIGHT78
Posts: 10
3/14/13 12:01 A

Hi everyone,

My knees, ankles, and hips gave me occasional problems back when I was 10 years younger and about 30lbs lighter than I am now. So... I am finding that many cardio workouts are too hard on my lower-body joints... walking/jogging/running, Zumba, jump rope, etc. are all things I've tried but end up not being able to do for long because of pain in my joints (especially my knees) and fear of injury.

I know swimming is good for joints and so is biking... but for lack of access at this time to a pool or a bike, can anyone suggest some cardio/strength exercises for people with bad joints? (Yes, I googled this and found some suggestions, but I wanted to hear from SparkPeople who maybe have tried something they found worked well.) :)

Also, I'm a complete exercise novice, so maybe a certain amount of knee pain is to be expected and I just don't know...? Anyhoo, enlighten me. :D



 
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