That is a HUGE target! I only burn 700+ calories if I run on the elliptical- hard- for an hour and then do strength training! I think it's best to start small and work your way up- even though that can be frustrating. I think swim walking and swimming are great ideas, and you can try a treadmill or elliptical if you have access to that equipment. My PT started me at only five minutes with absolutely no resistance/incline. The day I did the treadmill I ended up spending the next few nights on the floor because my back hurt so bad. The elliptical was fine for me. I think you'll have to try things that work for you.
You can also try some yoga- if I recall there are some videos on youtube for yoga for back pain so you might get a double benefit from that. It might be worth asking your dr. if the 700 cal deficit can come from food and exercise- that would make it much more achievable!
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Well, it may not even be necessary to burn that amount of calories via exercise each day. That is a lot of hard-core exercise to do that! What may be more pertinent is to weigh ALL of your food and record every little morsel that passes your lips, into the Nutrition Tracker. If you start off just doing what and how much your normally eat, you may find it to be a huge eye-opener. I have lost a considerable amount of weight and don't do anywhere near the recommended amount of exercise because of my hips and spine, and fatigue. My Dr referred me to a Dietitian because I was slowly gaining weight, and he felt that the pain could be improved by weight reduction. I printed out some of my Daily Nutrition Reports for the Dietitian to look at, showing what I normally ate, and what I had ALWAYS normally eaten. In next to no time she identified the problem and but a simple adjustment to the calories, the weight started to come off slowly (the best way).
For you to burn extra calories, perhaps pool walking would be really great - you burn more calories doing that than on land because you are pushing through a harder mass than air. It is also generally very safe on your body.
ok so my doctor wants me to find a way to burn 700 calories a day. i dont know if i can even come close to that. any ideas on what i can do that wont hurt my back so bad and still meet this goal. Any ideas will help. thanks.
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