Post # 1
Does anyone know enough about the different kinds of exercise machines at the gym to recommend one that would be okay for someone with a bad hip? I’m eventually going to need a hip replacement but I’m hoping to put it off for a longggg time, so I don’t want to do anything that will exacerbate the problem. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
@Jijitattoo: My husband has bad hips, and he likes the elliptical. It lets him have the full range of motion without the high impact of running. He has gotten so used to it that if he goes more than a week without working out on one, his hip starts to act up. He started off pretty slow and with low resistance. The first few times, he would make sure to put a couple of days in between each go to see how his body reacted to it.
Post # 4
They have Abduction and Adduction Machines at the Gym… (inside & outside of the hip work). There is a lot of controversy on whether they provide a lot of benefit for the work done.
My best advice is talk to a Professional (ie Physiotherapist or a Trainer) to get their input for your particular situation
On the otherhand I’ve been told that what does matter for folks with Knee or Hip issues (most of them being doing to arthritus) is just keep active. Regular old walking can be helpful… and low impact stuff like swimming, walking in the pool etc.
Hope this helps (somwhat)
Post # 5
@Jijitattoo: I was going to suggest the elyptical machine but PP beat me to it. Stay away from any jarring movement but keep your thigh muscles strong, they’ll help you when you have your hip replacement. My mother has just had her first hip replacement surgery and her next one is next month.
Oh, and don’t put off your hip replacement for too long. It’s what my mother did and it made for a few horribly painful months leading to the surgery and she lost a lot of muscle mass from not being able to walk much because of the pain. Not a good idea!
Post # 6
@MsMeow: Sadly, there’s no way we can afford a hip replacement (and we have “good” insurance, it’s just that the deductible is so high it’s impossible unless we want to stop doing stuff like eating.) So I have to keep on keeping on! Hence wanting to be fit without making things worse. I probably can’t afford a gym membership either but it’s hypothetically possible someone might be selling a gym machine for not-too-much $$, and it would be good to know what to keep my eyes open for!
Post # 7
I injured both of my hip flexors while training horses. My hips have a harder time staying in the socket because things loosened up and if I stand too long they really start to ache. I found that the elliptical was the exact wrong motion for me as it made my hip problem much worse. My personal exercise favorite (besides riding) is walking on the treadmill (not running because I have a respiratory disorder).