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  •  47 here! (10+ / 0-)

    And in the Boston area - message me if you'd like to meet up.  

    I have terrible knee problems.  I used to run, and though I love it have decided that high-impact exercise is just not going to work for me any more.  

    I think walking is essential to help with arthritis and other joint problems.  When I started, I only made it about two blocks from my house before I had to limp home in pain.  But I walked every day and slowly walked a little further.  As I lost weight and as I built muscle tone, the joints had less pressure and were much less painful.  

    I still sometimes have tear-inducing pain in my knees after over-doing it -- sometimes for days.  I'm stiff after too many hours cycling or hiking.  

    But overall, the best remedy for joint pain is to keep moving.  

    Stationary bikes, IMO are much more uncomfortable than real bikes.  The ones in the gym may not fit you, you might not know how to adjust them (or be able to adjust them!), and the geometry of the frame might not work for you.  

    I support public employee's unions.

    by Tracker on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 10:39:04 AM PST

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    •  And stationary bikes are BORING! (3+ / 0-)

      I love the fact that either hiking or biking gets me out there and looking at the world!  I've always been a hiker but just started being more of a biker the last few years, and  yes, if you keep trying that hill (I have some doozies on the way home), you'll eventually be able to get up it.  Then it's downhill from there.  :)

      -6.50/-5.23 If you can't be a good example, you'll just have to be a terrible warning. Anon.

      by Merry Light on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 07:32:51 PM PST

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