Thanks so much for the tips/thoughts. I'm definately going to try making my own workouts and saving them. I also need to look into WIO I keep heaing more and more great things about it. As for my knees...they were already prone to be bad (grandparents on both sides had both knees replaced) I think I just really aggravated what was already there. I will check my form again to be sure but I have always been sure to not go over my toes.
I've made a work out of my own too. Do you know if we can make more than one? It would be great for how our bodies are feeling or our mood, etc to be able to customize our work out and have a variety, whether we use the leg strap or not.
To be honest, I hated the leg strap thing so I just play the games that actively use the nunchuck, like tennis, dancing, baseball. I created my own 40 minute workout that's just made up of sports--dancing, boxing, volleyball, tennis, baseball, and basketball. I consider it a great workout for when I can't get to the gym.
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I messed up my knee doing Jillian's "30 day shred" DVD, but used squats to strengthen it back up. I think the main thing is to make sure that you're doing proper form and doing them at your own pace.
As for EA Active, I'm not too sure. I'd say keep it and do the things that you enjoy, since you did enjoy part of it. Perhaps you can work up to being able to do them. Maybe not. Only time will tell. But mostly, do go at YOUR pace.
I do know that I would never have done squats before when I did. The problem was that my knee had "healed" but it was still sore at times, so I knew that I needed to restrengthen it. Also, I had just figured out the proper technique for squats (by watching the proper form of kettlebell swings). It was always my big concern of doing them wrong, because I knew that was a guaranteed way of getting hurt. It wasn't until seeing proper form that I realize it could really be beneficial and not just hurting me (even doing it right).
I still haven't gotten lunges, though...lol.
BUT, I'd say--with Doctor's permission/clearance, of course--to go ahead and try them every now and then on your own (so you can do your own pace) and see if you can't strengthen yourself up to more.
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I also have the Golds Gym and it is a great cardio workout. There are some steps but nothing like EA Active. Walk It Out is also a good one, I have that too and am hooked on it. I sometimes have problems with my knees doing EA (I have arthritis) so I have to pay strict attention to my form doing squats and lunges.
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My workout partner here at work has both EA Active and Gold's Gym (a recent purchase). She LOVES the Gold's Gym, and there are a lot of upper-body exercises in it--boxing burns a lot of calories and gives you a lot of steps. That is on my list for when I reach ONEderland.
I use Walk It Out--it's mostly aerobic and not strength, it's just walking, but it's addicting and I can do it for hours. I also use my Wii fit and the regular Wii sports games.
The squats and lunges are a big part of the game when you're doing the exisiting work outs or the 30-day challenge. Have you tried putting together your own work out to include dancing and basketball and upper body resistance stuff? You likely won't be able to do the challenge properly if you uncheck those exercises that give you problems but you can certainly make up one, or possibly more, of your own.
I know some days I can do the squats and lunges and sometimes I can do one set and then I have to skip the second set because one knee bothers me more than the other.
Play around with the a la carte exercises and see if you would get enough benefit out of them while you wait to hear about your knee. If they don't then it probably would be wise to find something else that you can do better, that you enjoy and that is beneficial.
Just a side note, are you sure you were doing the squats correctly? Knees weren't going beyond your toes, right?
Earlier this year as a reward for doing my Wii Fit 3 times a week for a month I got to choose any game I wanted and I decided to be healthy and get EA active. I used it for about a week or two and haven't since because my knees started hurting really bad...mainly from all the squats and the inline skating. I went to the doctor and she said to stop doing squats and that there may be something more serious going on with my knees like the onset of arthritis.(I'm still waiting for my drs appt to review xrays).
Anyways, my dilemna is do I sell EA active back to gamestop (or maybe on EBAY?) and get another "exercise wii game" that would be easier on the legs? Or do I just skip the squats. I'm worried that the squats and other knee stuff make up so much of the game that I won't get much value out of the game. On the other hand I did enjoy the upper body stuff. Thoughts?
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