Thanks for the information. I have a physiotherapist, and exercise specialist helping me out. It seems every time I incorporate exercise I end up with a problem so I am optimistic that with the help of these people I will be on my way to a more fit lifestyle.
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if you are near a pool, walk in it. it really helps save the joints and you can walk laps and not tire out. also helps for that first exercise when you are very overweight and cant do much at all. sure helped me and i hope it will help you.
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It would be helpful to get qualified input into your walking technique, too.
Appreciate your feedback and information. My doctor is sending me to physio so will wait to see what they say before doing anything. Water exercise, as you mentioned is probably what they will suggest. I had planned to sign up in Sept anyway in addition to my walking. thanks again
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What did your doctor say you could do for exercise ? Even though you might have to take time off from walking to let your feet heal, that doesn't mean you need to be sedentary. Are you near a pool ? Injured athletes and runners will routinely hit the pool for exercise. Depending on how bad your feet are, you could even try the recumbent cycle. that the bike where you peddle in a reclined position. that will tke pressure off your feet and joints.
And if you can't swim or use a bike, sit in a chair and do upper body strength exercises. Work your upper body muscles while your feet heal. Coach Nicole even has a chair workout you can do too. If you search for chair workouts on YOUTUBE, there are tons more there. Some of those seat chair workouts can be quite vigorous.
Mostly, you will not gain weight if you eat right and watch your portions. When it comes to weight loss or weight gain, what matters most is what we eat. good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. exercise is what keeps our bodies fit. So, if you're doctor wants you to lay off exercise for a period of time, then concentrate on eating more nutritiously.
Your doctor should have given you some guidelines. You should start with those.
I was reading the SP article today on the 5 most common running/walking injuries. I have 3 of the 5 and am really depressed today because I am afraid I will have to give up walking until the ITB is resolved. Since my big toes are fused due to arthritis I have plantar fasciitis, over-pronation of my feet and have to wear orthotics in my running shoes when I go walking. This has worked well however, my doctor wanted me to increase my walking to aide in weight loss so I did increase slowly (I thought) but ended up getting ITB syndrome and shin splints! I am doing special stretches/massaging for the ITB and hopefully once that is relieved the shin splints will go away. Does anyone have any personal suggestions as to how to manage these conditions. thanks
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