Back pain when walking?
October 28, 2010 8:26 AM Subscribe
After a near lifetime of depression I am finally coming out the other side of it, albeit tentatively. I feel energized enough to start exercising daily as my doctor has advised. Sounds great, eh? The problem? I'm 100lbs overweight and my body is screaming no at me. Help me figure out how to overcome the aches to keep going.
posted by kanata to Health & Fitness (62 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I'm starting off slow with walking around the block and slowly pushing it forward. Going from stop sign to stop sign as I am so out of shape that anything more is so taxing I'm afraid I won't make it home. Plus I'm still over coming my fear of being seen in public walking for walking sake. On average this is just 15 minutes a day so far.
The problem is that about every second day my back muscles seize up half way through and it becomes an excruciating plod back home with me having to stop every 50 ft or so and rest. It is my lower back and today it was along the muscles in my knee and hips as well. This does not bode well as I, frankly, still have automatic thoughts of quitting anytime anything is remotely difficult.
I know nothing about exercising or the human body and was wondering if anyone knew solutions or if this will go away with time. Any tips? Tricks? Words of inspiration and hope that hugely fat people can walk more than 15 minutes at a time? And that everyone in the world isn't staring at me and making comments?