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Advice Please!! Bad knees & advice.

Friday, August 02, 2013

I have two situations that I'd like some help with. If you can help me with one or both of my questions, I would be so grateful!

1. I used to be in much better shape than I am now. Two years ago, I fell off my front porch and cracked my knee very badly on the edge of one of our slate walkway pavers. I had stitches, crutches, the whole thing. My kneecap cracked all the way across. It was about 6 months before I could bend it again, but only about 3/4 of the way at that point. It was about 8 months before I could bend it all the way and even then it was a tight bend. This injury really set me back, in a couple of different ways. For starters, I couldn't workout at all for many months. I spent a lot of my time sitting, doing knee stretches, walking a little (doctors orders were to really baby it). I was also finishing school at this time and so between my knee and studying, I was doing a lot of sitting. Consequently, I put on a lot of weight that I'd lost. My knee still hurts, but not like it did. I have 60-70 pounds to lose, and I know that extra weight is not helping my knee(s) at all, but my injury really changed the way I can workout. I used to workout HARD. I would really push myself physically. I would workout for several days in a row and it wouldn't be a big deal. I felt wonderful. Now, I can only do certain workouts. I can't push myself like I did before. I have to take a day off every 2-3 days or my knee feels like it will explode, no matter how gentle the exercises are. When I workout, I really like to put everything I can into it. I like to sweat and I feel like I could do so much more if it weren't for my poor knee. When I don't push myself, I come away feeling like I didn't give as much effort as I could...but the reality is that my knee can only take so much. I've found that walking, elliptical, recumbent bike, and water aerobics don't seem to aggravate my knee that much. I guess my big question here is how do I workout with "bad" knee? How do I workout hard? Can I even do that? Start off slow, lose some weight and then take on more exercise later? Do I push through and just deal with the pain? Does the pain mean something bad or does it mean my knee is getting stronger? I'm thinking pain = my body's way of telling me to slow it down.

2. My other question is about asking for advice. One of my friends on Facebook is a girl I went to high school with. I haven't seen her since then, and although we knew each other then, we never really talked, etc. She's a nice girl, very smart, funny, etc. She is SO fit! She works out all the time. She does cardio, weight training, she runs, etc. I really admire her fitness efforts, but I don't know anything about her regime. I have been thinking about sending her a message, asking if she could give me some tips (how often she works out, how long are her sessions, how often she does the weight training, what does she do during her various sessions, etc). Should I ask her for some tips or is that weird? I don't want to freak this girl out or anything by sending her a message out of the blue.

Thanks in advance!! :)
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    I too think you need expert advice on this.
    In the meantime I'd try to workout in the ways you can. Water aerobics seems a good idea!
    And swimming, too. It burns a lot of calories and maybe you CAN 'swim hard'?!
    1781 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/6/2013 2:33:28 PM
  • DEB9021
    I had a knee issue a few years ago, not severe like yours, but after trying to ease up and then go back at it several times, I found the only way to finally let it heal was to stop for a while. Like you, i put on weight. When i started back, i focused on strength training videos, just 10 minutes every morning at first, and lots of walking but not hard walking. I added gradually and lost weight even by just adding exercise in 10 minute increments daily. I also prefer a hard, sweaty workout, but I think consistency is more important than exertion level. Moderate exercise every day really will get you there! I have JUST started jogging again and I admit the full sweat feels good, but I'm glad I took the time for strength training and moderate exercise to loose some weight and strengthen that knee again before I went back to it. Going easy is better than not being able to go at all! But definitely get your docs advice. Good luck on your recovery. You will get there. Just be patient!
    1783 days ago
    Not much I can add you already have some good advice. I think you do need to test the pain, push through a bit. Maybe water/ pool to help support you.
    As to facebook contact keep it general and wait for a reply. I think seeking help is good.
    1783 days ago
    This is going to sound so repetitive, but have you asked you doctor about what exercises you should do, and have you explained to him how hard you use to work out? Another thing to consider, and it seems to me this applies to everyone with a knee problem, are you or will you have to have surgery on you knee?

    I do a lot of running, and wear 10lb ankle weights, and let me tell you they are great. Not to mention the fact that I'm the only 60+ Junior Senior at the Senior Center that can wear skirts cause there's no blue veins on my legs, no swollen ankles or other things that plague the legs of Senior Citizens.

    I'd go with the ankle weights too. Especially in the water.

    Hope this helps!!
    1784 days ago
    Sounds to me as though you have to be careful with your knee, and keeping fit in the water would be a good way to go? Are you on SparkCoach, I can't remember. If you are, don't forget you can email for specific help.

    As for your FB friend - in my experience school friends are only too happy to get back in touch on a regular basis. I'm sure it will be fine.

    You are sounding really positive - that's good to read emoticon

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    1784 days ago
    With the knee I'm inclined to agree that pain is a sign to at least slow down if not stop, but I would go back to the Ortho Dr & ask. I personally think the water exercising is the only way to go! I have fibromyalgia & fear doing too much. My flares are much more mild than they used to be, but I remember working hard for a day & then being in bed for 3. Not a good trade off!

    I bought leg weights & started doing all of my exercises there! IT IS AWESOME!!! I was wearing 10 lb weights on each leg in the pool, but I cannot walk on deck with them on!! I'm not strong enough to walk with them on out of the water, but in the water I can do ALL of my leg exercises fine! Abductions, Adductions.....even donkey kicks!! The weights cost was relatively low. I can't remember an exact amount, but I know I wouldn't have paid much because I'm cheap. I know I got them at Big 5. I think they were about $20 on sale. GREAT WORKOUTS with relatively no pain during or after the exercising.

    As to your friend. I would ask her. I would maybe write a note or two to her generally speaking of your exercise & diet goals & then tell her what you told us. That you are impressed & would love to get her 'secret'. I think she'll be happy to share her success. I don't think it's weird to ask & I doubt she will. I guess if she does I'd just have to wonder if we were really meant to be friends anyway.

    I know you don't know me, but I hope I was able to help...if even just a little. Good Luck & Stay Blessed!
    1784 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/2/2013 10:27:56 PM
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