Advice on exercising when...

Discussion in 'Health, Fitness & Training' started by AngryIrish, Aug 19, 2018.

  1. AngryIrish

    AngryIrish Well-Known Member

    Lansing, Michigan
    Advice on exercising when your joints can hardly handle walking at times. Will be going to the doctor tomorrow actually, just wanted to see if y'all had anything that worked well for you?
  2. jonmaddock

    jonmaddock Forum GOD!

    Little and often and don't push yourself too much

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  3. Burgundy

    Burgundy Forum GOD!

    Yoga? Swimming? I’d be looking for something very low impact.
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  4. Francorelli

    Francorelli Forum fella

    West Sussex Coast
    Low impact, minimal weight-bearing. Swimming and cycling have been good for me.

    Stay as active as your body will allow, but don't push it when it's telling you to stop. Best of luck.
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  5. Northam Saint

    Northam Saint Forum GOD!

    I’m waiting for an op on an osteochondral defect injury. I’ve been advised until the op to take low impact and swimming was on the list. Been swimming a little while on holiday but I must say it did irritate it a little. I’m also on an exercise bike, all good for keeping the muscles ready for post op.
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  6. Batch300

    Batch300 Extraordinarily Uncomplicated

    As gym advocate, I recall reading positive articles on weight training and improved walking. Logic was building the muscles helped the joints and stability. Obviously ask a professional or trainer before starting.

    If home exercise, stationary bike. Perhaps try more walking. Start with 100' from front door and then back. If you feel ok, try 2 trips out and back next time.

    Like the warning on all shaving soaps - discontinue if any irritation.
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  7. AngryIrish

    AngryIrish Well-Known Member

    Lansing, Michigan
    Swimming I love,but honestly I'm terrified of yoga, I'm prone to frequent dislocations and sprains.
  8. Grishnak

    Grishnak Guru

  9. mark0

    mark0 Guru

    Really good advice above. I think being consistent and listening to your body is the most important. Pick the activity you enjoy the most, start slow and try to build up little by little.
    I injured my knee joint 7 years ago because I was careless while running (downhill, concrete...etc). Since my connective tissue was damaged I would get inflammation after 5 km or so, my knee would start to hurt a lot and would have to stop. The pain would linger for a few days after.
    Doctors advised strengthening the quadriceps since that is the muscle that stabilizes the knee, and the connective tissue I damaged can't really regenerate. Since then I made a lot of progress. I gained significant amount of leg strength, and I can preform exercises such as barbell squats without any problems.

    Good luck and keep us updated !
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  10. Grishnak

    Grishnak Guru

    Dependent on what joints / where weakness is, I find Jeff Cavalier Athlean-x YouTube videos really helpful and informative
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  11. p.b

    p.b Forum GOD!

    Speak to a qualified Yoga instructor. Yoga ‘should’ strengthen you and actually avoid dislocations and sprains. However if that’s direction from a doctor then follow their advice.
  12. Holyzeus

    Holyzeus TSR reject

    On a similar vein albeit no where near your level of discomfort I am about to start Tai Chi classes.
    Something to think about?
  13. bambrit

    bambrit Forum GOD!

    Agree. I don't watch too many fitness youtube videos, (too many fakes and juiced up gymrats looking for their 15 minutes of fame) but Jeff Cavalier Athlean-x was personally recommended to me by a respected long-time sports friend of mine and I found he gives really solid fitness and lifting advice, without any of the BS.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2018
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