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My first day on the Spring Into Shape Challenge!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Woo Hoo!

No. More like ouch!

Wow... am I out of shape or what?

I knew I was bad off, just didn't know how bad.

My knees are probably my biggest issue. I sure hope I'm not getting arthritis! If I don't see big improvement with the pain, and limited range of motion, as I loose weight and shape up, then I'll have to get it checked out. It's a bit scary to think that could be the issue. I want to be able to fix it!

The two workouts I did today was the Cardio Kickboxing with Nicole (10 minutes) and the 10 Minute Crunchless Core Workout (10 minutes).

Anything that is a squatting motion is not happening now. I'll have to modify and do other cardio until I get some weight off. I don't want to baby my knees all together though. I have to build up the supportive/connective tissues too. I couldn't even do the very simple exercise of getting on my knees, with my arms stretched out, and leaning straight back for an ab exercise.

That's just weird to me.

There is going to be a lot of experimentation along the way. I'm not used to working out with limitations. Once again... I'm living in the PAST, remembering the good 'ol days, and hating that I allowed myself to get in this predicament.

I just have to accept this is where I am now, and deal.

If anyone knows of good knee strengthening exercises, please let me know!

Although, I have to say that I feel the post workout high. Very nice feeling to have! I should be addicted to that feeling again very soon!

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  • IDNYCAGIRL
    I'm sorry you have knee issues ..alot of the comments on here are really great ideas to help work with your knees rather than not use them. I would try some of these tips as some of them has worked for me...i've had arthritis since i was very young after many years of strenuous dance training. Shortly after i stopped training the cold envrionment didnot help me at all made it worst as i developed arthritis. Don't let this stop you or get you down ...you can do this There are ways to deal with knees and still be successful at your workouts. I believe in you! emoticon
    2158 days ago
  • LOUIE-LILY
    http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
    /fitness_articles.asp?id=363&pa
    ge=2
    Here is an article on SP for knee issues. I also have knee pain so I saved the article in my faves...
    Keep going, you're doing great!

    2158 days ago
  • PGVIGIL_1
    I have bad knees too from playing soccer and now from what I have been told I may have arthritis on mine too, but I won't let it stop me either! I feel you on that living in the past with fitness, I feel the same wne step at a time! emoticon
    2185 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5465013
    I have been using the weight machines at the gym for my knees, but you can use resistance bands or ankle weights as well. If you Google knee exercises it will come up with a lot I bet. I am afraid too as my Mom and Grandma both had degenerative stuff going on in their knees so I want to keep mine as strong as possible and they are not feeling so great right now. emoticon emoticon
    2187 days ago
  • MOM_VICKI
    Way to go emoticon

    Keep working at it - any movement is better than no movement. And simple cardio is an excellent place to begin:)

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    2187 days ago
  • DGRIFFITH51
    Walking has been the best exercise for me to strengthen my knees. Swimming if you have access to a pool and I also like the chair exercise.

    Keep at it, it gets easier!
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    Debra
    2187 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
    emoticon Here's to modifying workouts to work for you!
    2187 days ago
  • -SPIRITSEEKER2-
    emoticon job !! I have arthritis in my knees so no lunges and junk.. their are exercises to help .. maybe look on sparks or arthritis sites ... you can sit on a chair or sofa - one of spark videos show it - and lean back and sit up and lean back... same effect as on knees -
    emoticon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon
    2187 days ago
  • ROCKYCPA
    Good for you - you can do it!
    2188 days ago
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