Help me get my wreck of a body into some kind of shape, please
October 13, 2010 8:16 PM Subscribe
I just started working out at my university's gym, but I have some difficulties and some questions...
I'm 43, female, 5'5" and about 195-ish pounds. That's about 90 pounds less than I used to weigh. I'm also out of shape because I haven't been able to walk as much as I'm used to because of the hellishly hot weather we had this summer and the still freakishly warm weather we're having now. So, I decided to bite the bullet and take advantage of the free gym they have here at the university.
Anyway, here are my issues with working out. I have arthritis in both of my knees. Bending them hurts! If I have to sit down and stand up too often, they will ache for hours, sometimes days, afterwards. I have a degenerative disc in my lower back, one false move can have me flat on my back for days. I have arthritis in my fingers and right thumb, and tendinitis in my right wrist, all of which gives me a loose grip at the very least. I also have a slight case of asthma (I've been hospitalized for it three times, but the last time was years ago so I think it's getting better), and to top it all off - I suffer from fibromyalgia.
Don't mention doctors - I've seen the ones I have access to - free clinic on campus - and they all advocate "exercise" but with so many things wrong (I haven't mentioned everything, just what will interfere with working out), none will tell me anything more than "exercise" more. I can't afford a physical therapist and or a personal trainer.
So far, I've been to the gym twice and what I figured out I can do without completely hurting myself is walk around the track and walk on the treadmill. They do have yoga classes and I would sign up for them, except they are during *my* class times so that won't work this semester. Can any veteran gym goers think of anything else I can do while I'm there aside from walking in circles or in place? I'd hate to stop going from boredom, especially since I've already rented a locker (as incentive you understand).
Also, this is the first time I've ever used public showers, and I'm not sure of the etiquette. I tried to look that up on google, but all I could find was a link to yahoo answers about men's showers, and I don't think the etiquette is the same. I don't want to walk around with my wobbly bits hanging out, and I'm sure that these fresh, young college girls aren't keen to see my stretch marks. So what's a woman to do? So far, I've been changing *in* the shower, but I've managed to get my clothes wet both times since there isn't a lot of room in there. Any help with that would be greatly appreciated.