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Thursday, April 24, 2008

...so what does that mean? The person who says "Oh, I'm so out of shape, I don't think I could even jog around the block." I think in terms of, can I get to my feet to trim my toenails?

I once worked in a furniture factory where we made upholstered furniture. I used to lift 80-to-100 pound bolts of fabric, all day, five days a week. Nothing to it. (Okay, I was 22, but even so.) I'm 55 and I have trouble lifting a 10-pound sack of potatoes.

I've started walking. I'm up, 6 AM, every morning (yes, every morning, even the weekends) - if it's not raining, I'm outside; if it's miserable out, I'm on the treadmill (thanx to DH, who is supportive in more ways than one). Why do I walk so early? Because I'm only half-awake, and if I have time to think about it I won't get started, let alone walk 30 minutes.

I've been doing this for a month now - I started walking about two months ago, but not every morning and only about 10 or 15 minutes. I worked my way up to this gradually, but now I notice my legs ache... my hips ache... one ankle is giving me trouble, as is one knee.

Is it down to weight - and presumably will improve as I lose more? Is it down to arthritis or something - which I'll just have to take painkillers and adjust? Is it down to age - and we all know there's only one alternative to aging! Or am I just out of shape?
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  • BKP4166
    Maybe you could find a mini-trampoline or rebounder....they are much kinder to your knees and feet...you can do that walking inside on the rebounder and use some music to keep you moving. I used to lift stuff like that for years...not now...it's age, arthritis and other physical problems. I might suggest alternating the walking with chair exercises and no impact stuff.
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    4694 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2566582
    It could be a combination of all of the above. Maybe cut back a few minutes again until you get stronger. Or maybe make a switch to an exercise bike. I found one at a thrift store for under ten bucks. It's not near as hard on the knees and ankles and it burns more calories than walking does. Hope things improve for you.
    4694 days ago
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