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Exercising Spark Friends.... A Little Advice, Please?

Monday, July 15, 2013

I started walking after doing absolutely nothing for quite a while.... I started with a mile a day, then increased to two, and got up to two and a half at 3.2 mph but then my knee really started to hurt... Now I can't do anything!! I rested it the latter half of last week and most of the weekend, but today it still hurts. I've been icing it at night, just took some advil today, and am trying to stay off it best I can.... Last night I was doing some housework so I may have aggravated it, but I really thought it'd be better by now. When I go up stairs, it feels like its crackling/popping.

A friend of mine who runs frequently said when he started track the first time he had the same problem and it ended up being an overuse thing and just to rest/ice it.

Also, I hurt this knee while snowtubing when I was younger, so its a little more sensitive than my right knee...

Has anyone had a similar problem? It definitely feels like a muscle thing, but I just wanted to see if I can get a ballpark time until the pain goes away and I can go walking again. Also, how did you start from nothing to regular exercise? I felt fine doing it, but I guess my knee had another opinion.


Any help is very much appreciated..... emoticon

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LILLITH32 7/17/2013 1:43AM

    There are a number of overuse injuries, you can try searching by symptoms. I had runner's knee, sounds pretty close. RICE it, get good shoes, don't increase your mileage by more then 10% at a time. Also, I would advice talking to a doctor at some point. If you have access to a pool, try walking in the water - it's non-impact. Lastly, look for a good program to strengthen your legs and back, and another to stretch the muscles. Hope that helps! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 7/16/2013 11:08PM

    I have had knee issues since I was like 11 years old. You just need to know the difference between pain and injury. Pain you can work through and deal with. If you are injured, you need to rest and ice and maybe have it looked at. Just be smart about it and don't push too hard too fast.

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BROOKE008 7/16/2013 6:29AM

    Thank you!! I did a mat workout last night for core and upper body.... I'm stating far away from my legs until my knee feels better. Just majorly bummed!

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JULIEPIZZ 7/15/2013 11:20PM

    I think you kow excersise pain -and something is wrong pain. So listen to yourself. If its hurt rest it... if its really bad think about seeing the Dr. So glad you want to keep up on fitness...a good sign.
There are fitness ideas to help you if you want to do fitness in other areas. See SP videos. Chair work outs for example. Low impact and yoga.
You have to take it slow going from zero. Walk and do 10 mins per hour all day long. Try streghth training too. Check out ur resources on SP videos. This is just a start! Be well.

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BROOKE008 7/15/2013 9:04PM

    THANK YOU!!!!

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SKILPAT1 7/15/2013 1:10PM

    First you need to get really good shoes to walk in - go to one of those specialty stores like RunOn. Then do exercises that strengthen the muscles that support the knee like straight leg lifts.
There is a really good site for the exercises at

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