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3/19/12 6:06 P

Thanks for the response and no worries, was just looking to see if anyone else had suffered from the herniated disk and which type of exercises helped the most. I will be concentrating on my core area first, will still do upper and lower strength training but will revert to seated workouts if there is an issue, thank you and have a great day!!!

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3/19/12 5:11 P


As you know as a certified personal trainer, when it comes to these types of questions regarding these issues, your doctor is in the best position as to advise you as to what exercises you have been medically cleared to do. Without that information and the ability to do a full fitness assessment in person, this is outside the scope of practice as to what advice we can offer.

Sorry about that!

Coach Nancy

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3/19/12 12:25 P

Thank you for your prompt response. I have been making sure to use correct form during exercises and the soreness that I feel right now is the soreness from starting to exercise after a long period of inactivity. I also have to arch my back a litlle bit more than neutral spine when on the treadmill and performing some of the core exercises as this alleviates the pinching of the nerves feeding the right leg. Since beginning with SparkPeople my lower back muscles take longer to tire and I have only felt the pinch of the nerve from incorrect posture when I am sitting, my own fault there and it was brief, stretching the muscles correctly alleviated the issue. I was hoping that if someone else within the Spark communities had an issue similar to mine I could brainstorm with them if the time comes when the injury feels worse rather than better. My doctor is aware that I am attempting to correct the issue at home and he also knows of my past history and knowledge that I have gained through research. He knows that I do not want surgery and that shedding the weight that I have gained will make it much easier to correct. Thank you again and have a great day!

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3/19/12 10:32 A


This is going to be a really difficult question for the Spark community and even the experts to answer. Ultimately, because of your back issues, you really should be talking to either your doctor or a physical therapist. Anything we recommend could make your back issues worse. So, do take anything we recommend with a grain of salt.

My advice would be to listen to your body. As my yoga instructor says on a regular basis,"don't abuse". Meaning, if you feel any discomfort that borders on sharp pain when exercising, just stop. Do the things that don't feel uncomfortable or cause you pain. Yes, you will be limited in what exercises you can and can't do because of your back. As a former trainer, you should be aware of how to modify exercises. Use that training.

Ultimately, when it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, while exercise IS extremely important for our long term health, don't do anything that cause you pain.

And don't be afraid to talk to a doctor. If you don't want to see a doctor, consider calling a hot line for advice.

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3/19/12 10:21 A

Need a little bit of professional advice. I was certified as a Personal Trainer from Can-Fit-Pro approximately 8 years ago but 5 years ago had a major trauma in my life and now am agoraphobic and have a herniated disk between the L4 and L5 vertebrae. I gained 77 pounds over the last 5 years and needless to say it makes the back injury harder to work with. I don't go for physio because of the agoraphobia and I am trying to correct the back issue with exercise and a healthier lifestyle. My question is as follows: I have been following the plan set out for me where strength training is concerned and feel the normal fatigue and soreness associated with working out after being very inactive. I am wondering what to look for to ease up on the strength training portion, should I back off, pardon the pun, if the right leg starts the numb/pain from the nerves being pressed upon and by how much? I am not experiencing the numb/pain in the right leg at this moment, woohoo, just the regular starting to workout mild soreness. Thanks in advance for your help.

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