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April 6, 2011 9:57 AM Subscribe
After being out of commission over the winter, I'm trying to get back into shape. I am 5'8", mid forties female. Last fall I weighed 118 lbs, and ran 5k five days a week on the treadmill, followed by 10-20 minutes stairmaster. I was extremely sedentary for about 4 months over the winter due to a knee issue. I currently weigh 129 after being back to working out for a few weeks, and only want to lose about five more pounds. However, I want these five pounds to come from my lower body, not my upper.
posted by newpotato to health & fitness (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Last year I feel my upper body was too thin, and my boobs essentially disappeared. I don't want that to happen again. I like my boobs, and I want to keep them. My shoulders/arms/torso stay nicely toned and strengthened because I use them to help me on high incline speed walking. It's my upper thighs I'm concerned with. After working out again for a few weeks now, I can feel my muscles in my lower body toning up well, but they are covered by layer of fat. This, and pretty much only this, is what I want to disappear. I know it's not possible to spot reduce, but is it possible to reduce in a more general zone (lower body)?
I currently go to gym 5 days and do 20 minutes each of two of the following at resistance levels that work the muscles: stairmaster, bike, or elliptical, sometimes treadmill speedwalking at medium/high incline . I stay in high intensity heart rate zone for me, which is in the 170's. I follow this up with a 3 days a week of thigh adduction/abduction machine and the recline squat machine.
Complication: I have very little cartilage in my left knee, and need to aggravate whats left as little as possible. I have stage three degenerative osteo (bone on bone) and need a knee replacement. The reason that I can walk or workout is because I've had synthetic cartilage injected into my knee as a temporary measure. The less my knee gets inflamed, the longer it lasts.
The exercise I've listed above I do because they don't result in pain for me. I am also doing basic knee strengthening exercises/stretches given to me by my PT.
So is it possible to rid myself of the fat on my lower body but keep some up top?