Well, as you're a beginner and new to exercise, I imagine you would be seriously aching after doing Jazzercise, no matter who you are. You're starting off doing stuff that's too difficult for you! Set that aside, and do gentle things. Try walking for about five minutes each day. Wear your most comfortable shoes. If you can afford it, get some running shoes that are well-padded. The more cushion that you have in your shoe, the less likely you are to suffer from the shock of walking, you know, from hitting the pavement. Another thing that might be better would be to use an exercise bike or an elliptical machine. A lot of people like pool exercises, because when you're in the pool, it takes the stress off of your body. Gravity is way less in a pool. Do try and get some physical therapy too, if you can. Sitting exercises might help you as well. You might ask your doctor about taking a pain relieving medicine. You get the best results with that if you are taking it on a regular schedule, because once you are at a certain level, when the pain medicine reaches a certain level in your bloodstream, you start to feel better. And for most people who truly need daily pain medicine, that takes at least three days. But check with your doctor. Many recommend Tylenol (acetaminophen), because it doesn't cause as many problems as NSAIDs do. I prefer ibuprofen myself, because I am allergic to acetaminophen. But it can cause bleeding problems. But if you can take acetaminophen, you might try that first. Remember, three days! And you can't skip doses, just because you feel better. Or the level in your bloodstream will start to go down and it won't help you any more. That's why it's so important to stick to a strict schedule with it. Get an appointment, if you can, with your primary care physician to talk about pain medicine and safe exercise and try to get a referral for physical therapy. Good luck!
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