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2011/04/07 12:49:14 (permalink)
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Low impact cardio (injuries)

I'm trying to cut weight atm, I've been eating clean and minimising carbs, but I'm having problems with the cardio side of things. Every time I use my treadmill I get aches in both hips and my left knee, so I'll need to rest a few days before their better. I started to RICE them after each training session but it only made a minuscule difference. I've tried just walking/ running on grass but it makes no difference.
 
I'm looking to buy a lower impact piece of equipment. I've used a bike before but I didn't like it, so I'm thinking of getting either a cross trainer or a rowing machine. Anybody able advise which of these would be lower impact? or if their similar which would give a better HIIT workout and which SSCV? Anyone been in a similar situation care to give any advice?
 
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    ryzo
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    Re:Low impact cardio (injuries) 2011/04/07 15:58:38 (permalink)
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    A cross trainer would be ideal. I always switch to these if treadmills are giving my legs a hard time.
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    Re:Low impact cardio (injuries) 2011/04/07 19:01:09 (permalink)
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    Cheers pal, every article I've looked at has said, the cross trainer and rowing machine is perfect for people with bad joints.
     
    Just got to decide which one/s to buy now, any thing in particular I should look for on either machine.
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    Re:Low impact cardio (injuries) 2011/04/15 17:17:21 (permalink)
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    It could be that you've tried doing too much too quickly.  Have you had difficulty with joints before?
     
    I've taken the past couple of months to slowly build the strength back in my knees so as to avoid injury.
     
    With regards to buying a crosstrainer - to get the same sort of quality machine as you would in a gym you'd have to spend quite a lot of money, but if you can afford it and have the space then that's great.  I don't know how tall or how heavy you are but you'll have to keep an eye out for a few features like length of stride, max user weight, resistance (get magnetic with the heaviest flywheel possible! as it it'll be 'smoother'), speed capability (how much it can handle if you go full pelt!), location of the flywheel, breaking system, power (does it need the mains outlet?), footplates, and finally - the warranties!  It may be worth investing in a better quality one simply for the after-care service as getting it fixed can become expensive.
     
    I think I covered the main features.  Can't recommend anything for the rower but I'm sure if you have a search it might have already been covered in a past thread.
     
    Best of luck!

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    Re:Low impact cardio (injuries) 2011/04/23 15:04:55 (permalink)
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    Around about this time last year I attempted to lose weight and tone up abit in three weeks so I hammered my treadmill and at the end of the first week my knees and hips were shot. Thats when my joint problems began but I think they've been damaged since I was in school, I basically played every high impact sport and used to do a lot of long distance running.
    I actually ended up buying a air rowing machine and I couldn't happier with it. Gives a fantasic workout and no joint pains so I'll be sticking to these infuture.
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    Re:Low impact cardio (injuries) 2011/04/24 17:22:59 (permalink)
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    I used to do alot of running, I am only 19 but have had pattela tendonitis in both knees and shin splints in both legs. I do only what is required now and keep it very minimal and now use of a cross trainer alot which dosen't stress the joints at all. What about swimming? very good for CV.
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