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November 2, 2011 12:33 PM
I started 2 weeks ago and I do mostly walking videos by Leslie Sansone.
My right knee hurts a lot lately, I'm not sure if the exercising is causing it or something else, but I want to continue to exercise.
What can I do that is a good calorie burning exercise that won't hurt my knees?
I still want to do my Leslie Sansone videos too, how often or not often should I do them so I don't work my knees too much?
  12065418
November 2, 2011 12:36 PM
Swimming
November 2, 2011 12:37 PM
You aren't wearing those TONER shoes (Sketchers and some others make them)?
  9285851
November 2, 2011 12:37 PM
Elliptical, Bike (outside or stationary), walk, swim, low impact dance.
  8052213
November 2, 2011 12:39 PM
Try zumba... there is high impact and low impact... i have bad knee's too (hurdles in high school) and it give me a great work out!!!
November 2, 2011 12:39 PM
elliptical, cycling, swimming :D
November 2, 2011 12:39 PM
I use the elliptical because of my bad hip
November 2, 2011 12:40 PM
Research "chair aerobics" and "chair exercises." YouTube has some good videos :)
November 2, 2011 12:41 PM
swimming and visiting a doctor.
  10566910
November 2, 2011 12:41 PM
Spinning, bike, rowing
November 2, 2011 12:42 PM
You can do kickboxing or squats with punches, that gets cardio with low impact on lower body. Also, make sure you do circles with your knees before you work out to open them up. Every pound lost is 4 pounds of pressure taken off your knees!!
November 2, 2011 12:43 PM
I have horrible arthritis in my knees and this is what I do:
30 day shred
Dancing
Low-impact walking
Stationary Bike
Swimming

That is what I do, and I have noticed less pain. Sometimes the elliptical can work like others mentioned, but for me it has only caused more pain into my knees than anything.
  11843740
November 2, 2011 12:44 PM
First make sure you are wearing "good" shoes not cheap old ones. A good pair of shoes are worth every penny. Go to a good shoe store and get fit for the right kind of shoe. I know when my knees start hurting it is because my shoes are wearing out, (even though they look fine on the outside).

I would also suggest swimming. It truely is a great workout even though you don't sweat. If you don't swim, try the eliptical and stationary bike. When you use the bike, make sure you have your position set up correctly (have a spin instructor show you), otherwise that can cause your knees to hurt.

Good luck!
  179658
November 2, 2011 12:45 PM
Cycling helps. Also take glucosamine and chondroitin.
  10357231
November 2, 2011 12:45 PM
QUOTE:

You aren't wearing those TONER shoes (Sketchers and some others make them)?


laugh
i do the elliptical ALL the time, got a bad wheel as well, you get a helluva burn.
  148656
November 2, 2011 12:45 PM
I have found that Stairmaster does not bother my knees but it is limited to the Starimast brand of machine. For calories burned this will be a bigger pay off than treadmill or eliptical. Spinning classes can also be very good. Swimming would be the absolute zero impact but you may not have access to a pool. If walking or running is what you really enjoy, make sure you have good shoes. Light weight shoes made for walking or running. I would stay away from the "fad" type "shape up" shoes. My wife got a personalized fit on her shoes - you might look into that, it isn't as expensive as you might think. Hope this is helpful.
November 2, 2011 12:47 PM
Are you taking time to do the stretching at the end of the workouts? Or if there isn't a good, thorough stretch at the end of the workoutI would suggest adding one. Often times knee pain is due to tight muscles in the hips, quadriceps, and hamstrings. Do stretches for those muscles and make sure to also stretch your iliotibial band and your calves-you can google some good stretches for all of these areas. These are things you definitely want to stretch after a workout-especially walking, running, or step aerobics. That should help aleviate most knee pain.


HTH!
November 2, 2011 12:47 PM
What he said:) I vote for Swimming and Cycling!

QUOTE:

I have found that Stairmaster does not bother my knees but it is limited to the Starimast brand of machine. For calories burned this will be a bigger pay off than treadmill or eliptical. Spinning classes can also be very good. Swimming would be the absolute zero impact but you may not have access to a pool. If walking or running is what you really enjoy, make sure you have good shoes. Light weight shoes made for walking or running. I would stay away from the "fad" type "shape up" shoes. My wife got a personalized fit on her shoes - you might look into that, it isn't as expensive as you might think. Hope this is helpful.
November 2, 2011 12:48 PM
QUOTE:

You aren't wearing those TONER shoes (Sketchers and some others make them)?


Nope. I have some but I never wear them and haven't worn them in months.

I want something I can do at home because I'm a stay at home mom and can't go to gym unless I have somewhere for my kids to go (I'd want free or cheap and that's hard to find).
I don't have any exercise equipment at home other than some 3 lb weights and an aerobic step. My husband wants to buy an elliptical though. I think it would be fun to have an exercise bike too.
  12065418
November 2, 2011 12:50 PM
QUOTE:

You aren't wearing those TONER shoes (Sketchers and some others make them)?


Worst shoes I ever bought!
  9731747
November 2, 2011 12:50 PM
The treadmill kills my knees, but the elliptical is my best friend!
November 2, 2011 12:50 PM
Zumba on the PlayStation! Wheeeeee!@
  10883811
November 2, 2011 12:51 PM
I have very bad knees also, and a few years ago I hurt my knee really bad and started swimming. It was a miracle! I started off just paddling around, then laps and then water aerobics! My knee healed very well and even though I still have "bad" knees it's like I don't when in the water. The water is sooo invigorating and it's fun too. I did 4 days a week right up until I had my first daughter, now I have a elliptical in my garage and do that, I also throw Mrs. Sansone in the mix every now and then. But oh how I long for the water again.....
November 2, 2011 12:52 PM
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November 2, 2011 12:57 PM
I have trouble with my knees too sometimes. Try fast punches (Upper Body Cardio)- punch your right arm to the left side of the room. Punch your left arm to the right side of the room. Then punch in front and up and down (Switch it up) As long as you keep moving fast and keep your heart rate up, it's a great work out! Put on a fast song you like and make up a routine with it.

Also, try stretching and strengthening exercises (such as straight leg raises.) The more you strengthen the muscles around your knee, the less pain you'll have. You might talk to a doctor to give you a list of exercises/stretching ideas.

Don't give up!
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