I agree with CJNKATHYG. My low back is such that if I started with exercises like the one with the swiss ball I wouldn't be able to walk after that - it would wreck my back for at least a week maybe longer!! Even the first one if I lifted my leg back too far it would put my back in spasm. I have to be soooo careful. The cat stretch (stretching back on hands and knees) suits me best and one knee at a time to my chest. I can also do very light cardio sessions.
I like the animation. For some reason, reading words and pictures just doesn't do it for me but watching sure does.
7/11/2010 2:30:09 PM
The premise of this article is absolutely correct. However, if you are completely out of shape and your joints are already feeling the pressure, these exercises are too difficult to start on immediately. These would be good if there were some good stretching exercises to start with for at least 2 weeks (or longer), followed by basic strengthening exercises, then upgrading to these exercises. If you have allowed your body to lose tone and muscle strength and you are having pain in the joint areas, you need to start slowly allowing your muscles to take stress off of the joints. Having said this, it is amazing how fast your body will start to respond. It is necessary to take it to the next level as soon as possible to really start to feel the benefits. Thank you for a great article. You have reminded me that I have to get started again.
This old girl still learns new tricks. This is the first time in years I have not been to the gym for strength training. I bought a treadmill and have been playing on that. Of course I don't stretch! Well my back has been killing me for weeks. I thought it was my bed so I have been sleeping on the floor. My lower back just nags & nags. Tight hips from running! That's what it is. Ok, squats, leg lifts, lunges here I come. Thank you, thank you for writing this!
I appreciated this article. I took up kickboxing a while back and was so excited about it --- then I was injured by my stronger and more aggressive partner, who kicked me in the left pinkie repeatedly. I haven't been back because the finger just won't seem to heal, even though it's been weeks. And I'm afraid of getting hurt again. I'm disappointed this didn't work out for me. I wish there were a class for beginners that would go a little slower and match people better.
I loved this article. I have oesteoarthritis and the exercises and suggestions from the article on how to decrease knee pain was very helpful. I have saved the article in my favorites so I can refer to it each day.
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