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Balancing Act

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It feels like exercise for me has to be a balancing act between pain and progress. Every time I try to push my exercise to the next level, I pay the price with severe pain in my right hip. I have moderately severe osteoarthritis. Right now, I am sitting here wanting to take a Zumba class yet knowing if I do, with all those lateral movements I may injure myself. I am hurting at the moment and finding it hard to climb stairs. My fear is, if I don't exercise as much I will start to gain weight. I am 3 pounds up in weight and the problem is my sister is seeing my trainer to weigh in on Monday and I am sure she will want to weigh me as well. So, you see my conundrum I want to push my level of fitness but my body is telling me no today. I never dreamed I would actually want to exercise and be blocked by my own body. It is very frustrating to say the least.
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  • no profile photo CD12613737
    You have to listen to your body, osteoarthritis is real and not something to mess with. I understand fully how you are missing exercise, but what about finding things that don't put the stress on your hips? Chair exercises, water exercise, etc. Perhaps your trainer can even suggest things that would give you the movement you want without any injuries.

    I'm sure your sister knows and understands all too well the ups and downs of weight and that she would never want to see you injure yourself by trying to force your body to do something it currently can't withstand. I know you'll find the balance between diet and exercise to help you maintain the healthy lifestyle you've created for yourself; just will take a bit of thought and tweaking.
    2907 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    Can you swim? What are the long term options? I am thinking of you.

    2907 days ago
    I understand your fear. I understand how frustrated you are. It makes sense that your sister is going to want you to weigh in. You have made so much progress & while being up 3 lbs isn't ideal, everyone fluctuates from time to time so your sister can't get on you about slacking off. She just might try but you just have to remind her about how many lbs are still gone. :)

    Are you able to do just a little bit of walking? I highly recommend listening to your body because you do not want to aggravate anything or injure yourself. For now, just go to what you can control, which is what you put into your body. Watch your calories and I think it will be okay.

    I know you really enjoy Zumba but maybe there is something just as enjoyable without the consequences.

    Good luck!

    2907 days ago
    Okay, let's take the 'Devil's Advocate' side of this blog.
    How about the fact that YOU let YOUR body down...
    It sounds like you were pushing your body too hard doing movements known to aggravate those body parts. Then, you are upset with those same body parts because they let you know what you did.
    Do you get as angry with your elbow for transporting calories to your mouth or your taste-buds for savoring those calories?
    Just a thought.

    P.S. I hope you read this with the light hearted attitude I was in when I wrote it.
    2907 days ago
    I feel your pain exactly! Right hip, osteoarthritis and am not able to move very well today after a long walk yesterday. I thought I might try going to the gym to do a bit of upper body so it won't interfere with my hip so much but I still get a bit of a workout. You are so right about our bodies letting us down but will keep up the battle.
    2907 days ago
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