I have also had back problems going back to an accident in 1990. I have been under Chiropractic care which has made it possible for me to keep working. (Torn ligaments in lower back - cannot be mended.) My main excercise include a rebounder and walking which are both gentle on the back and knees. Motivation: Think of whether you want to be an old bent over lady at 65 or someone who can walk like a 20 year old.
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Hi SFORTNE, I don't know what kind of back problem that you have but I suffered for years with my back. Finally I had surgery in 2006. I still have pain but nothing like I did before surgery. I have always been told by specialist (bone) to walk, walk, walk. I was told that I could start walking the day after surgery. I have a metal rod & screws holding up my spine now. I had one vertebrae that was broken in two. A car accident caused that problem. But I had back problems before the accident.
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Hi, SFORTNE. to SparkPeople and the team! You'll find lots of support and resource here.
I have a long history of back problems and would encourage you to see your doctor before you start if you can. Three years ago I was in such severe pain, I couldn't sleep. The doctors actually thought I had metastatic cancer in my right leg. After LOTS of tests (some very unpleasant), I was sent back to my family doctor. She very wisely diagnosed a herniated disc in my lower back and sent me for physical therapy. I only had to go four times. The difference was amazing. I still have to be careful sometimes, but the more fit I become, the less problem I have. Having a strong, fit core will do wonders for your back. There are lots of gentle exercises to do, but you need to make sure you don't have a medical issue. You certainly don't want to make an undiagnosed problem worse. It will take time, but you can get better. When I first tried to do some of my PT exercises, I couldn't do them at all - and many of them are in Coach Nicole's videos (and now I can do all of them). Little steps. You can get better.
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It's hard to start exercising when you have back problems. I know. My back has been in bad shape for years. Since I started some mild, easy exercises though, my back does not bother me as much as it used to. Stretching before exercise really helps. Go slow and easy at first and see how you do. It may take a while. It was 3 years before I could really start walking alot. Now I keep myself active and it loosens up the back muscles
My suggestion would be to take it one day at a time. Start with some basic floor excercises and do just about 5 of each excercise at a time an increase slowly. Leslie has some good one,two and three and so on tapes that are good and not very strengious and can do them at your pace.
I hope that this helps and getting started is the hardest part,but once you do you will be surprised at how much better you feel and want to continue.
Now my real problem is not eating sweets and needing to loose weight. I excercise daily and strength train,but can't get it together with my eating right.
I have a long way to go and need to start an exercise regime. I have some back trouble so walking isn't an option at this point (I think a lot of my back pain will go if I lose a significant amount of weight). How do you motivate yourself to exercise when you haven't exercised in years. Any suggestions out there?
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