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27 March 2014 @ 01:56 pm
bad knees stike again  
I've had bad knees since college. I think it was a combination of fencing in high school, bouncing down Mt. Washington and a midnight bike ride and just, generally my father's side of the family has bad knees and extra weight, which is a horrible combination.

On one hand, I'm glad I can still walk mostly pain free. I was afraid I would be using a cane at this point in my life. I'm also thankful that I can do taiko with only a little bit of restrictions. But time and again my knees have been one of the major hurdles in me getting regular exercise.

Rock climbing? can't, bad knees. Ariel silks? can't, bad knees. Lap swimming? Can't bad knees. Biking? I might be able to now, but before, couldn't, bad knees. Most workout videos, squats? burpies? lunges?

Well it struck again. While running my knee went out. So I can't run regularly at least at the weight I currently am. I might see if I can't do it once a week or something and build up some of the protective muscles around my knee, but I think this pretty much kills running on the program schedule.

I was really liking to be out doors too, so I might try a walking program or something. Get biking (gently) too. Maybe figure out how to make the elliptical not horribly boring.

It really annoys me.

My pace was better today walking half of it but that's because the GPS went berserk and shows me running in the pond. http://www.rundouble.com/run/5888587497209856/4b95nV7rw4
Denebalphacygni on March 27th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
I've had luck developing a walking program (bad knees also makes running a problem for me) tied to using music of various beats per minute. I downloaded a program to analyze the BPM of my mp3s and it did a decent job. Walking to music really works for me because I push myself to keep the rhythm.
katybeth on March 28th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
Too bad you can't run in the pond!
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Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on March 29th, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
Luckily my knees can do a bit more than that.

I'm just really fighting with the finding exercise boring (like the elliptical, which mostly doesn't bother my knees) and have my knees veto things.