(Closed) So I went to physio for lower back pain…

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh no for the hip problem!  I love the elliptical machine personally, no sharp movements on the joints.

Post # 4
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

How about pool workouts? Aren’t they supposed to be really good and very low stress on the body (running in water, etc)?

Post # 7
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I always thought the elliptical wasn’t as good of a cardio work out either until I worked with a trainer on it.  There are two option you can do to try to bump up the intensity of an elliptical machine.  1.  Try to raise the resistance as much as possible while still being about to keep the same pace you normally do.  2. Try a “sprinting” regiment.  Set the resistance to about 7 or 8 and for the first 50 seconds of every minute aim for about 140 strides per minute (a normal speed) for the last 10 seconds of every minute get your strides per minute to at least 225.  Do this for 30 minutes.. I promise, you’ll feel it afterwards : )

Post # 8
185 posts
Blushing bee

Swimming is an amazing total body workout and easy on the joints/no impact.

Post # 9
2821 posts
Sugar bee

Can he refer you to someone else, a lot of times there are solutions other than don’t run.  Did he tell you what exactly is wrong with your hip because that depends on what other exercizes you can do.

Post # 10
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I had something very similar happen to me a few years ago, and I used to be in love with running (sitll miss it sometimes). I’ve switched to Pilates and walking with those incline shoes (it’s like constantly walking up hill, makes any walk into a work out). It takes time to fall in love with a new fitness routine. Good luck!

Post # 11
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I used to feel like I couldn’t get the same sort of workout on the elliptical as I could running, but as Moose suggested above, there’s ways to push yourself so you are working just as hard.  Building resistance without losing speed or intervals of high speed and/or high resistance.  An easy general way of doing it is to do a couple of minutes at a pace where you feel like you can barely keep going, the cool off for a couple of minutes.  You can play with this idea.

Or spin class, where I’ve always found they use a lot of the same theories of increasing and decreasing resistance/intensity.  You can probably do the same thing yourself on the bike, but I do feel like it’s less intense there.

Also – if you’re not lifting weights, try adding some of that.  It’s a totally different sensation, but finishing a tough set has the same awesome sense of accomplishment.

Post # 12
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Have you considered getting a second opinion?  I mean, this one may be correct, but my Fiance and I have been burned by bad diagnoses in the past and I wouldn’t go giving up an activity I loved before confirming that it was absolutely necessary… Good luck!

Post # 13
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Have you ever considered going to a good chiropractor? You’d be amazed at what they can do for you-I work on my feet all day long as a caregiver so I’m bending stooping and otherwise contorting my body in ways it shouldn’t and like you I have a problem with my muscles not catching up with my joints. I went to countless doctors and like you, had to give up running…until I went to the Chiropractor-now I can run and move and actually have an enjoyable life again without back/hip pain.

Post # 14
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The rowing machine is also a good workout and does wonders for toning your upper body at the same time!

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