All the intense working out I did during the last two months – pushing myself to my limits – caused my knees to have problems. I didn’t notice it until recently. During the last few days, my knees, which is at the top of where I had fractures, have been stiff and painful to bend. I lost flexibility in my knees, and discomfort was increasing to pain. This shouldn’t be happening! I thought. I’ve lost weight, so there is less pressure on my past injuries, and I’m working out regularly, so I should be stronger and functioning better physically. I was, but not in the knee area.

I realized it must be because of the squats and lunges I did, which are done a lot in my workout DVDs.

So, I’ve stepped away from my workout DVDs and have instead been walking, stretching, weightlifting, and doing body-weight exercises. Just nothing that puts additional pressure on my knees. That still leaves me with a lot of exercises I can do! And today, I realized that doing leg exercises, just no bending of my knees in a standing position, will strengthen my legs, which will hold my weight and put less pressure on my knees. If I get strong enough, eventually I should be able to return to squats and lunges, but I’ll have to increase the intensity gradually.

I made an appointment to see an arthritis/joint doctor to see if I can get an exam – x-rays, evaluation, and consultation – about my past injuries, where I am today, and what I can do to reach my goals in the future. I’m interested in hearing a professional opinion and possibly get more ideas on what I can do to further help my recovery.

I’m guessing that my legs are not strong enough yet to support my body weight in a squat or lunge position due to a lack of muscle mass, even though I’ve been working out since May 2012 (with a 2 1/2 month break in between). It must take a long time to build muscle, especially since I had muscle atrophy from being bedridden and non-weight-bearing for 2 months, and 12 years of yo-yo dieting. (I lost muscle each time I lost weight when I didn’t exercise. Plus, being so sedentary most of the time. I still need to work on being less sedentary in general.)

Seeing the arthritis/joint doctor, and doing leg exercises, will help me overcome my knee problem. I still hope to jump and run someday, and I will continue to work towards that goal. Have a great and healthy week!

(Originally posted on Christine's Health Blog.)

Views: 3


You need to be a member of Book Blogs to add comments!

Join Book Blogs

Need help?





At NetGalley, we like to take a moment at Thanksgiving to thank you for your loyalty and support. We are grateful to have a dedicated community of Book Advocates who love reading and recommending – you truly help new books succeed! By the end of this year, your enthusiasm for reading & recommending will mean […]

Blogger Spotlight – Romance Edition

Blog name: Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews Blog URL: http://www.straightshootinbookreviews.comYour name: Mandy – Str8shooterMLet’s begin with your blogger origin story - how long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?I’ve been blogging for almost two and a half years, which is really hard to believe. It all started in March of 2012 […]

Cover Love – November Edition

November Edition We’ve rounded up five covers we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is… THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz! Click on each cover to read the full description, request the title, and “Like” the cover if you […]

© 2015   Created by Tarah Theoret.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service