I receive a lot of emails from eDiets.com members who have physical injuries. The injuries run the gamut from bad backs to knee problems. In many cases, a physician's recommendation is first required before I can provide an exercise recommendation.
I recently asked one special eDiets member - who has overcome many injuries and physical complications - to tell her story.
The beauty of Lanie's narrative is not only her remarkable perseverance, but that she's within 15 pounds of her weight goal.
Lanie has a smart philosophical and practical approach to working around injuries. Her determination shows that you, too, can achieve your goals under the most trying of circumstances.
So, now I'll turn things over to Lanie.
Lanie's Story - Exercising With Injuries
I've been an eDiets member for about three years. Up until I hit my 30s, I exercised somewhat regularly, walked, used a stationary bike, learned to use weight machines and dumbbells with a trainer, and didn't really need to watch my weight all that carefully. I was fairly stable at 130 to 135 pounds. Then ... blammo.
For several years now, I've had a number of physical problems, one after another. You name the joint; I've had a problem with it. Feet, ankles, knees, lower back, shoulder/neck, elbow, wrists. Top it off with pneumonia, asthma, vague autoimmune problems and thoracic surgery.
I gained weight, lost weight, started exercise programs and had to stop just when I was getting somewhere because another joint acted up. Through this experience, I've learned three things in terms of exercise.