Have you tried some sort of water exercise class? A class like that is very low impact and should keep the weight off your food, but you can still burn tons of calories. Check with your local YMCA or fitness center.
I agree with PP. Try to get in to PT. Beyond that, your medical issues really don't allow us to make exercise recommendations on these boards.
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1) Women don't have the necessary hormonal balance to "bulk up" with strength training. Unless you have very specific (and rare) genes, it doesn't happen. Also its nearly impossible to add muscle tissue while on a calorie deficit for anyone. Strength training on a calorie deficit generally just helps you expand the capacity of your existing muscle fibers (someone feel free to clarify on that). For fat loss the order of importance goes: 80% nutrition, 10-15% strength training, 5% cardio. Strength training helps raise your metabolic rate so your body burns more calories over time.
2) Have you asked your doctor for a referral to a physical therapist? He/she would have good ideas. For cardio that doesn't involve feet at all, what about a hand cycle?
I broke a sesamoid bone in my right foot 2 years ago. Since then, I haven't been very active at all and have gained about 20 lbs. The slightest wrong turn of my foot or stepping wrong can make it flare up and make my limp around for a week or two. The only solution is removal of the bone. Foot Dr's don't really like to because it can lead to other problems. I am not sure it's worth the risk at this point. My foot no longer hurts on an everday basis..just when I do something to set it off. But also the cost. It's a pre-existing condition so my insurance wouldn't cover the cost of surgery. I try off and on. I will walk on the treadmill for a few days, I have twinges all the way through a 30 minute walk and it makes it so unenjoyable so I stop. I used to do turbojam alot. So I just tried turbojam videos again. I did it for 3 days straight. On the third day it was getting kind of tender so I iced and rubbed it all night. The next morning, extreme pain. All through this weekend I have been limping and even when I lay down to sleep, I have sharp pains that come and go that are excruciating. I am very depressed. I don't want to just do strength training. I am 50 lbs overweight and am afraid to just do strength training and bulk up without getting the weight off. Does anyone have suggestions as to what cardio I can do that doesn't require much foot!? I know a swimmming pool would be a great option. But I don't have a pool or a public pool. This is very depressing. I would really appreciate suggestions.
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