Welcome, Sandy. I have bad knees too but as a former jock (I lettered in 4 sports in high school and it would have been 5 seasonal conflicts) so it's really rough on me. Good to have you with us! I think you'll like this group - we're energetic and fun!
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I signed up for this team a few days ago and it totally slipped my mind to introduce myself.
My name is Sandy, from Tallahassee Florida and I actually wrote a blog recently about finding time to workout and what I did.
I have an unconventional job in a conventional business. I'm in banking, but my hours are far from the typical 9-5 - thus the unconventional part. I'm the Information Security Officer, and the IT support, so my job is m-f 8:30-5 and all other times on call. I've even taken calls in the middle of the night from our monitoring company that they couldn't detect the network (generally a bad storm caused the DSL to go down) - but still, those middle of the night calls are never fun.
I've made it my goal to still manage to have some ME time - without the work blackberry. I try like hell to leave the building (I call it leave the building because I never really "leave work") by or before 6. Doesn't always happen, but it's my goal to try.
I head straight to the gym and for the next two hours, I leave my work blackberry in my car (oops hehe!).
I do my strength training on the circuit machines (haven't ventured to the world of free weights yet except at home), and then complete and utter cardio for the balance of my time - split between the elliptical, treadmill and bike. Sometimes I drop the bike because, as odd as that sounds, that one of all bothers my knees the most.
That's the funniest part really. I have bad knees thanks to a fall at work that took out one knee (no surgery needed, but I've got dead nerve endings and some general funkiness there).... the other knee I fell at my parents of all places. LUCKILY I fell on the soft grass/earth - however that didn't stop it from swelling like a softball. Must have been the way it hit. It's ok though for the most part, just a little more irritable than it used to be.
With that said, when I first started exercising, my knees SCREAMED at me every single day. I'd wake up so stiff and sore I didn't know how I was going to handle it.
I knew I wasn't really overdoing it, I was only doing like 15-20 minutes on the elliptical and walking, but I was biking 30 minutes... but I'm used to biking - real biking! I would push though.
On days when I'd cut the biking part down (I was pushing for less time, more resistance), I noticed my knees didn't scream the next day. On days I skipped biking, my knees felt only moderately sore. OK I get it. Time to re-evaluate my cardio.
Are you ready for the real ironic part? I've really gotten the bug for the c25k program. Me - run? Almost obscene to watch with all the jiggle, and I always hated it - so why on earth would I want to start now?! I don't know... but I do. And I did.
The cardio portion is now walk/jog and then the elliptical. I might throw in some biking now and again (15 minutes worth) for old times sake, but the thing is, my knees do not mind the jogging. They don't scream at me the next morning (my quads do!) - this tells me that the jogging is helping to strengthen my quads, which is GOOD for my knees! Granted, the weight I carry is NOT good for my knees - so I don't overdo the jogging - only 4mph, very slow and steady.
SO there you have my intro, and my after work regime - weights and cardio - and most importantly, making the time for ME. If I'm not in good health, that 24/7 thing won't matter.
Sorry for the long post LOL - I tend to go off on little side rants and basically make more of a blog entry out of my post hehe!
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