Workouts that spare the spine.
November 2, 2011 7:49 PM Subscribe
Seeking alternatives to weightlifting to stay fit and nurture a newly temperamental back...
I've been a mad fan of weightlifting (free weights, squats, deadlifts, etc.) for about five years now. But my back and one of my rotator cuffs have recently begun to issue complaints. I can't figure out why -- I have worked with two trainers on my form, especially in regard to squatting with weight, and I've received thumbs-up from both. (Is this simply a factor of moving into my thirties?)
The back pain in particular has gotten me thinking about possible alternative fitness regimes to give my spine a chance to recover from whatever went awry. Another complicating factor is an upcoming surgery that involves a somewhat considerable recovery time.
With all these considerations in play, I wonder if this might not be a good opportunity to explore other ways to stay fit that might be gentler in terms of impact (though I feel bad saying that, because...well, again, weightlifting has always been awesome and gentle in terms of impact, until now. I'm not sure what's going wrong).
Someone suggested yoga to me today; I'm game to try it even though I've taken classes in Iyengar and found them tedious. It doesn't seem sufficient to keeping up my current level of fitness, though. Am I mistaken in this belief? Any other suggestions?