Post # 1
And he told me it was actually a hip problem and I need to give up running! Ack! I mean, I am not such a huge fan of running but it gives such an amazing cardio workout that I haven’t found with the elliptical or bike (unless I go to spin class).
Anyone have any suggestions for an intense cardio workout that isn’t hard on the joints? Help!
Post # 3
Oh no for the hip problem! I love the elliptical machine personally, no sharp movements on the joints.
Post # 4
How about pool workouts? Aren’t they supposed to be really good and very low stress on the body (running in water, etc)?
Post # 5
@MissAsB – Yeah it sucks. Apparently it’s because I grew really fast (I’ve basically been 5’11” since I was 13) and my muscles just couldn’t catch up so it’s all out of whack down there. Ugh.
@realeastcoaster – That is a great idea!! I don’t have anywhere to go to a pool though, I’d have to look into it. 🙂
Post # 6
Any evening bees have any tips for intense cardio that won’t hurt my hips?
Post # 7
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
Swimming is an amazing total body workout and easy on the joints/no impact.
Post # 9
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
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
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
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
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
The rowing machine is also a good workout and does wonders for toning your upper body at the same time!
Post # 15
@greenleaf – This was basically a second opinion, I’ve been told not to run before, and that was by a fancy sports medicine doctor. Unfortunately it seems like running is just not in the cards for me!
@goldilocks – Haha, funny you should say that. I rowed competively for 7 years (haven’t for about 4). Honestly, I find rowing very hard on the back, and the therapist agreed.
@troubled – I guess my muscles just never fully developed, so they can’t support my back? He’s giving me some exercises to strengthen the muscles, so hopefully that helps. He told me I would be safe with walking, elliptical, and biking, but to steer away from running and rowing.
Fiance and I just bought a spin bike last night, so I think I will take up cycling. I want to get an actual bike as well, but we’ll see how the indoor stuff goes first 🙂 Maybe I’ll become an enthusiast!
I am also going to check out some gyms in the area and try to find one with a pool, I agree that swimming can be a great/intense workout.
I’ll also try the intervals on the elliptical!
Thanks for all the tips!!