August 9, 2017 at 3:23 pm #696751
If I ever get divorced, I’ll have to include “generally non-blobby” in my dating profile.August 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm #696754
@kate I have some horrible back issues. Like, when I was 22 I couldn’t bend over and tie my shoes back. I found the stronger my core is the better my back is. I also have a chiropractor that I really like and does good adjustments on me. That said – I need to go see him and do some stretches tonight. I’m a bit stiff.August 9, 2017 at 4:02 pm #696755
I don’t know, there was something about those ChaLEAN videos that destroyed my lower back, even though there were abs exercises too. As soon as I stopped doing those videos, my back was fine. I never had those issues with any other type of strength training. I should sue her.August 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm #696756
I am in the same boat. I’ve always been relatively petite, but I’ve put on weight over the last couple years due to horrible back issues (scoliosis and sacroiliac joint misalignment) that prevent me from doing a lot of the things I used to love (running is completely off the table for the foreseeable future). I’m in physical therapy twice a week, swim laps, and use an elliptical at home. All of these things are helping, but man, sometimes I feel totally demoralized, especially when I’m in pain. I’m also concerned I’m not strength training enough. Any recs on strength training that doesn’t put stress on the lower spine?August 10, 2017 at 7:39 am #696812
@taramonster – as your therapist for at home exercises to help. And then do them. That’s the best advice anyone could give.
@kate it’s interesting because my boyfriend does one movement funny and it jacks up his whole back. Sent him to the chrio and he’s good (for now). That one movement wasn’t kosher with him though. Never heard of these CharLEAN videos. I used to do 8-minute abs back in the day.August 10, 2017 at 10:28 am #696825
@thehizzy, yeah literally the moment after I posted I thought, “Duh. I can just ask Phil (my PT) what I should do.” Haha. I have a daily routine of exercises that go with my treatment of course, but I guess I wanted something more challenging for other areas of my body bc I miss being fit—particularly in my arms. Last night I Googled a bit and did modified weight lifting while lying flat on the floor. Hopefully I can get some good pointers at my session tomorrow!August 10, 2017 at 11:20 am #696829
@taramonster I’m sure your PT can help, but have you ever considered a personal trainer? I went to one for a couple months just to learn the basics of lifting. Mine worked with me to find exercises that I can do despite having hardware in one of my elbows. I met a couple other clients during my time there who told me about their own physical limitations, and how strength training slowly helped them feel less pain and improved their mobility. A PT might be just as good if not better, but I think a good trainer is also a possibility.
@thehizzy Is it his snatch? I can’t overhead squat to save my life, so any time we do those or squat snatches at my gym, it hurts my back unless I go super, super light. My mobility sucks for that particular movement, and even though I can tell it’s improving ever so slowly, I just know if I do too much too soon, I’ll end up at a chiropractor. One of my gym friends said that kettlebells are the movement that make her back feel that way, even if the light is fairly light.August 10, 2017 at 11:42 am #696834
@Copa, oh good thinking! I had actually been considering it a few months ago, but was worried a personal trainer might not be as knowledgeable as a physical therapist and didn’t want to injure myself further. But I’m at a more stable level with my pain and finally understand the mechanics of what’s causing it, so it’s definitely worth a shot. There’s a personal and small group training gym in my neighborhood that has rave reviews. The rates are actually pretty reasonable and they even do couples sessions. Thanks for suggesting it, as I’d shelved the idea and wouldn’t have thought of it on my own. 🙂August 10, 2017 at 12:23 pm #696841
I think it can be worthwhile if you find a good trainer. There are so many different credentials someone can have to be certified, and I’m sure they all have their own approaches to fitness, so do some research. The guy who ran the small personal training gym I went to studied kinesiology, so I trusted that he and his small staff truly understood how the body moves (vs. taking a 12-week certification course or whatever). They were patient, compassionate, and sincerely listened to me (and I assume all their clients). It was a great experience!August 10, 2017 at 12:55 pm #696849
I like this thread! I got a Fitbit (just the basic one). I like how I don’t really need to keep track of things, it does it for me. Last week I was on holidays, spending it mostly on the dock at the cottage so it basically told me I was lazy and that’s ok. I will up the activity soon with cardio and strength training but my neck is always giving me hassle, it affects my sleep and my lower back hurts. Slept with a pillow between my knees last night and today I notice a huge difference in the pain reduction. I’m a side sleeper mostly and while I have an OK pillow (specific to side sleeping), it’s approx 5 years old so I need to find something else eventually. Any recommendations? – I understand everyone is different so what works for some, may not for others. I saw some Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow online but it looks so clinical. Without sleep I am pretty much useless and the neck is the biggest pain stressor for me. I go to chiro , acupuncture and massage. Acupuncture works the best, results last the longest, but it’s also the most expensive.August 10, 2017 at 1:22 pm #696850
Tracking my exercise, steps, and food on Fitbit is the only thing that works for me – and it does work! Whenever I’ve gotten away from it I’ve put on 3-5 lbs, and when I get back on it, I lose them.
That said, my shitty aftermarket bracelet for my 3-year-old Flex finally fell off and I lost the Fitbit. So I downloaded the LoseIt app for free and connected it up with my iPhone’s steps feature, and that works just as well.August 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm #696851
I’m a side sleeper and am using this very dense foam pillow we got at the furniture store when we got our mattress. I love it. I’d say go to a furniture or mattress store and lie on a bed and try their pillows for side sleepers.