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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

365 ~ 11/06/13 ~ 018
So I'm still on track with my gazelle streak, now 18 days of at least 10 mins each time. I've gone as long as 15 lately without realizing it!

I've told myself that 3 weeks, or 21 days, of doing this and I will either add more minutes (I'm thinking up it to 20) OR add on a new exercise of some kind.

One exercise several physical therapists have me do when my knees are being particularly troublesome is something where I put my back against a wall, feet about hip-width apart and about a foot away from the wall (give or take depending on how I'm doing). The idea is to slide down the wall enough to work the leg muscles that support the knee joints. It's not a favorite - for obvious reasons in a person with "bad" knees & hips - but they tell me I should really do it everyday or expect the joint troubles to increase over time. emoticon

I go back and forth on which to do:
Adding more minutes to gazelle will continue the stamina and strengthening already in progress - so maybe that means more consistent weight loss - maybe that means a little more muscle somewhere ???
Adding the wall slides (don't know if that's what they're called but it works for me) will strengthen the joints, which is needed, but it seems slower. I can only do a few, 3-5 on a good day and may have to start with just 1-3 for the first several days and see how that goes. Could this make me more sore and cause me to drop down my gazelle minutes?

If I add the wall slides should I do them right before the gazelle, or right after, or at a totally different time?

Seeking input from anyone more knowledgeable about such things! emoticon
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    I like the idea of not doing both right now at the same time. How about just increasing your gazzel by a couple minutes at a time working up to the 5 minute increase. You can always do more if you don't notice any flair up with increasing your time. Maybe do them every other day and see if you notice any increase in pain. I usually like to do my strength training after I have warmed up my muscles. Just my opinion.
    1595 days ago
    This is a dilemma! Think I would just switch off and one between the days. Hope you find the best way for you. emoticon
    1596 days ago
    Maybe you could alternate days...the slides one day the extra gazelle time the next. Doing what challenges you is what will build your strength and endurance. Whatever you do, I hope you have success with it.
    1596 days ago
    Do the slides before the gazzel that way your legs will not be tired and you will have more control over the muscles too. I had a bad knee replaced but there were different things going on it it that caused mine to be replaced at 51
    1596 days ago
    painwise, i'd do them at different times, just so you can do both. but i'm no expert, just someone with painful knee joints.
    1596 days ago
    emoticon I have no idea about the slides
    1597 days ago
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