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GROOVEYCHICK Tue 11-Jun-13 13:18:46

hi for years i suffered joint pain in my knees and hips which is not helped by being 5 stone overwieght
over the last few months it was a lot easier which i put down to walking the dogs every day for an hour and a half
my dh has always wanted me to join the gym with him for me to get fittee so i joined last week and i have been in agony since
he thinks i should work through the pain but i dont think thats right
i spent 5 mins each on rower leg press chest press back strenthgner treadmill andvcross trainer
any advice ? i did tell them i had joint pain and 6months ago discolated my shoulder

Sleepwhenidie Tue 11-Jun-13 13:59:14

Have you seen a GP to find out what might be causing the pain? if it is general muscle weakness and a result of being overweight (as opposed to anything like arthritis or similar), could you see a physio for recommendations on the types of exercise you should be doing to strengthen the necessary muscles (the approach at the moment seems slightly random)? Or at least a good personal trainer who can do a properly tailored programme for you and who will make sure your form is perfect to avoid further aggravating your joints?

As a starting point I would stick to the stationary bike, rowing machine and cross trainer and avoid running as this puts more impact on joints.

Do you take any supplements? I am very fit but still suffer from some joint pain in my knees. I take fish oils and MSN/chondoitrin/collagen every day and find this helps (seem to get more pain when I stop taking them for a bit, such as a week or two holiday where I forget).

GROOVEYCHICK Tue 11-Jun-13 14:38:55

hi i have have bloods and x ray they said it was arthritus
i have cocodamels on prescription for the pain i also take supplements

Sleepwhenidie Tue 11-Jun-13 14:53:33

So what do they recommend exercise wise? I know someone at the gym who has fibromyalgia and severe arthritis, uses a wheelchair but works out really hard - her body looks incredible. She has been training every day for years though - if she doesn't all her joints would seize up completely.

Its great that you are exercising but I think you need some professional guidance as to a programme to build up gradually, rather than just throwing yourself into it smile. Don't give up!

slug Tue 11-Jun-13 15:15:55

I would also suggest you seek out some aqua aerobics sessions. These are done in chest deep water so the load on your joints is lessened.

Sleepwhenidie Wed 12-Jun-13 12:18:27

Hi Groovey, I was thinking about you this morning, I think you could probably get a GP referral to a specialist personal trainer, I assume this would be covered by NHS, has to be worth asking?

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