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BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (43,739)
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2/12/13 7:01 P

HI Ken......Good for you in making a start to improving your health. emoticon

Please try to not feel self conscious. Coach Jen is right, no one is there to judge you. Most members, from my experience, are quite the opposite and will be more than willing to lend support or an encouraging word. Everyone there has their own issues and goals to accomplish.

Edited by: BERTA6978 at: 2/12/2013 (19:01)
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 64,749
2/12/13 6:18 P

Hi Ken

I'd agree that your doc would be the best one to advise you on what exercises are safe to try (outside of the bike) and what you should avoid. Don't be afraid of the gym- they are all there for the same reasons, to be healthier. No one is going to be judging you :)

Coach Jen

BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (31,283)
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2/12/13 5:04 P

Have you consulted your doctor about this? Your doctor should be able to give you the best guidance as far as what's safe for you in your current condition. Additionally, if your insurance covers it (or it's otherwise affordable to you), you may want to arrange for some sessions with a physical therapist - they're experts in how to work around various types of physical injuries, and how to help you strengthen injured areas without causing further harm.

THEKEN1 SparkPoints: (61)
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2/12/13 3:56 P

I have an back injury (L2 fracture) that really limits my exercising; I am looking for more options. I can do the recumbent exercise bike but am having a hard time finding one that can support my weight. I am currently at 308 and have energy to burn; I need options. I would join a gym but am still too self-conscious and not ready for that quite yet.

I have found several that are well above what I can spend right now. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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