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Sunday, August 31, 2014

I wrote a few days ago about my legs being fatigued from all of the activities I do for myself and my wife. I decided that most important for me was to take off some weight, to help ease the burden.

When I work out at the gym, I start out with the stationary bike, do my strength training, and then do ten minutes on the treadmill. I've also mentioned that not a day goes by that I don't have muscle fatigue in my legs by early evening.

It just occurred to me to stop doing the treadmill in my training, and to use an economy of movement in whatever I do at home during the day. If I'm getting up to get myself a drink or something to snack on, that is the exact time I should be getting something for my wife, if she needs it.

I feel I have been in a continual state that is just like overtraining. Carrying around my 290 lbs all day and night is too much, and I have no adequate recovery period.

So at the gym I will try the stationary bike at the end of my workout, and will have at least 20 minutes of cardio total. (Using the stationary bike doesn't seem to have the fatigue effect on my legs that weight bearing exercise does.) I started doing this economy of movement today, as well as cutting my gym session short with no treadmill. It is now 2:54 AM ( I know, my wife and I keep late hours), and I am actually feeling good physically, with very little muscle fatigue. My legs are happier, and I am happier. Once again, I have arrived at something that could benefit me, that I or someone else should have discovered a long time ago. One small step for a man, one giant leap for happiness. :-) Glenn
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    You always find away emoticon emoticon
    1359 days ago
    I'm lost. I could see if the workout was every other day, and agree with the economy of motion as far as tending to you and your wife's needs (thereby reducing or eliminating many causes for resentment and mental fatigue). But, I think that you'd lose too much progress if you gave up the workout. Every day isn't good, but as we get older, that muscle mass can deteriorate at an exponential rate..won't you need the strength in the meantime to carry that 290 lbs, rather than succumb to its fatigue?

    By the way, was there a cyclical behavior pattern of like fear of success that got you to the 290 lbs?
    1363 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/2/2014 12:24:55 AM
  • NHES220
    Makes sense Glenn! Keep us posted.
    1363 days ago

    Also, what works for me when my legs hurt is to eat a banana. Sounds strange, but it works.

    You're doing a good job by the way!
    1363 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Very interesting!
    I am glad you thought it out and it is working.
    Learn something new every day.
    Glad you shared this.
    1364 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    Good plan, do what works for you.
    1364 days ago
    plenty of people can cycle but walking not as much for the reasons of weight on the legs is overbearing the way cycling never is.... you may have just found a way out of both a weight plateau and restless fatigued legs
    1364 days ago
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  • SOFT_VAL67
    Has your doctor given you a reason for the sore fatigued muscles? I understand fully about the added weight. But it sounds like there may be an underlying issue.
    I dont want to suggest anything that might make it worse. But when I had surgery on my knee a few years ago, PT had me using the leg press to rebuild my strength in my knee.
    i loved it!!!
    I wish I had one in my home. Maybe see if your gym has one, give it a quick try and see if it helps or makes things worse.
    I would look into supplements and foods that help build muscle and strength. I use whey protein mix when I walk.

    1365 days ago
    Give the elliptical a try...I find it also is gentle on the joints and knees...
    1365 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan! emoticon
    And even when you reach your goal~ this is a life style. Spark people can help you maintain too!!
    1365 days ago

    That is fantastic! So glad it worked!

    1365 days ago
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