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5/18/13 knee pain - dang

Saturday, May 18, 2013

This last week I tried to be more active and get back into a routine of exercise. I did water aerobics twice and 1 round of circuit with some bike riding and elliptical training (15 min each). So I only exercised 3 times at the gym. I did one round of yoga too. I was on my feet more though as I did some extra volunteer work.

So all was well until last night - knee pain. I cant wait until July when I have my apt with the dr to see if gel injections will help me. Sigh. My feet have hurt lately too - I know if I lose a bit of weight the knee and feet will both benefit.

I am going to have to try more yoga - see if that will help. Dig out the knee brace, and get the ice packs ready so I can use them when needed. If I am prepared then I wont have to suffer so long.

Also I am going to look up more exercises that work without knee stress and see if that will help. Have to keep moving to lose a few pounds, have to work around the knee.
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    Lots of different things can cause or affect knee pain, so take this for what it's worth:

    It was knee pain (when I weighed ~216) that caused me to first try to lose weight. One of the things I tried was strength training. I read that strengthening the muscles around the knee would help with knee pain. I think the theory is that being strong enough helps keep the knee moving as it should instead of wobbling to somewhere that hurts. So I learned to do squats, and later deadlifts, among other exercises.

    When I got up to squatting 80 lbs., the knee pain was gone and the tough hills for bicycling didn't require me to downshift as much.

    The odd thing is, that round of weight loss didn't take. I got down to 185, and ended up gaining it all back. I ultimately got up to 221 lbs. But . . . my knees didn't hurt at 221 lbs. I'd been on and off the weightlifting bandwagon, but never off it for more than a year. Enough quadricep, hamstring, and related muscle strength carried over so that my knees didn't hurt the second time past at my all time high weight.

    It may be that yoga works on strengthening a bunch of stabilizing muscles as well as working on flexibility. I don't know, I've never done yoga. If it does, it could help with the knee pain. But you might consider good old fashioned squats, adding weight as you can handle it with good form. It might not take much weight to get enough strength to help your knees stop hurting.
    1771 days ago
    I'm sure you do, but just checking - you have good exercise shoes, right? How is the elliptical with your knee? I tried one once - when my knee was sore - and I know it's supposed to be easier on it, but it hurt it more! (Maybe I was doing it wrong?)

    I hope your knee is feeling better soon...that's really the pits when you want to get in more exercise and are trying to do the 'right' thing, but your body won't let you. Good for you for seeking out activities that will keep you moving and working around the knee!

    1771 days ago
    There are some seated char exercises with Coach Nicole on the Sparks videos page. I hope that helps.

    1771 days ago
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