Wednesday, September 16, 2015
I joined Planet Fitness and for several months tried out the different machines while noticing how my body reacted. Because I've had six surgeries on my left hip, starting at age 11, I have to be careful with my exercising.
1) The treadmill was good. I walked smoothly with no incline. It was hard though to work up a sweat because Dr wouldn't let me go very fast or very long. Also, my leg muscles never felt like they were getting a work-out.
2) A gazell-type elliptical that was basically like skiing, you stiff leg slide your legs. I didn't like it at all because it was like doing the splits in mid air. Nope, too much for my hip.
3) A stair-stepper type of elliptical a little hard on my knees & hip until I got the settings correct. I was able to work up a sweat & eventually worked up to doing atleast 10 min on it. My muscles felt like they've been used. Because of the many years of hip/pelvic surgeries, my left butt was flat compared to my right side. Now after many workouts on the elliptical, my left butt is showing some good results.
Finding the right equipment is very important for so many reasons! My Mother, who lives across from me, bought an elliptical & actually uses it daily. I've used it a few times & decided it was comparable, although lite-weight, to the one I used at Planet Fitness. I canceled my membership & use Mom's while visiting with her. I had to drive 25 miles to Planet Fitness & wasn't looking forward to the drive during the winter. If you live close to one, I highly recommend it. I'm hoping to build up to use it daily, however, 2x a week are good for now. Perserverence will pay off! I CAN DO IT!!