Tuesday, January 18, 2011

saying goodbye to once were perfectly good knees

i'm a bit of a walker. i take great pleasure in it. however, i am a fair-weather walker so when the temps start dropping i drag the treadmill out of hibernation and use that.

the other day after finishing on the treadmill, i had pain in one of my knees.
this is not good.
after about 5 hours the pain was all gone.
the next morning i rolled out the treadmill and did the chore - while watching dvr'd tv show
... wait for it ...

the millionaire matchmaker

yeh, not sure how i got started on that one. i think it was because i was trying really hard to avoid watching 'hoarders', which i secretly wanted to watch, and which i am now dvr-ing also.

okay, enough of a few of my treading/tv viewing choices.

anyway, the knee thing is a problem so i have to decide what to do about it.

i'm thinking an elliptical - but space is a huge issue - and from what i have read, the fold up ones give up quality to save on footprint.

so, i thought maybe a recumbent bike or maybe an upright/air bike.

what to do, what to do.

i just don't think i have it in me to 'stick' with any of the above choices like i have the treadmill.


Laoch of Chicago said...

I have some knee problems and generally use the elliptical machines for aerobic activity although sometime I will mix in the recumbent bicycle. The nature of your knee injury (which structure has been damaged) should probably guide your choice exercise wise.

terri said...

The Knee Butcherers at the hospital I used to work at used to do the elliptical backwards for 1/3 of their total workout time to keep their knees strong.

I tried it a few times. I tried it just as many times as I tried working out. :)

CausedByKarma said...

Laoch - i really am drawn to the elliptical, but like i said, space is an issue in this house. i may still try one of the fold-up ones though - i'll pr'E much do anything to not have to go to the gym.

terri - uhoh! i don't think i'm coordinated enuf to do it backwards. omg! you keep that cute shape by not doing anything? cherish these days darlin'

Laoch of Chicago said...

I go backwards on the elliptical machine for about half the time. It is not hard but the movement is a little awkward so one must hold on at first because losing your balance is a problem. The best kind of exercise bicycle for home use is generally a wind resistance exercise bike. They are infinitively adjustable and provide smooth and even resistance.