I vant to PAHMP. ME. AHP.
August 2, 2012 4:14 PM Subscribe
I vant to PAHMP. ME. AHP.
posted by Evilspork to health & fitness (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
While I was in the Army, I fell about six feet from a vehicle flat on my back. Because of this, I've been in pretty much constant pain since then and have gained about 80 pounds. Right now I'm pushing 300. I hate this.
A couple years ago I started going to a gym, doing cardio and some weights, and lost about 30 pounds. I went at it too hard and fast, though, and I burned myself out on the extra pain that I just couldn't cope with then gained all the weight back and then some. I don't want to burn out again.
Right now I'm working up ideas for stuff I can do physically, then slowly ease into them. For instance, with weight training I wouldn't be able to do something like a squat, but could do leg presses as my back is braced on the bench. Same idea for arm shoulder exercises, as long as the bench is supporting most of the weight.
(Un)fortunately I've got nothing but time, being unemployed and on disability. Yay?
I've got three groups going now: stretching, cardio, and weights.
Part of my problem is that I've been a lump in front of a computer for several years now, and it's not doing my back any favors. I've supposed to have been doing normal stretching, but that's one of the things I'd just given up on out of despair and the extra pain.
Under this I'm lumping stuff like yoga and tai chi. I figure a regular yoga class would cover basic stretches, and also the extra flexibility motions that yoga goes into. Pilates was another option I haven't looked into yet. I want to work on core strength, also, so my back is better able to support me in general.
The last time I was doing well on a recumbent bike, and had worked up to an hour at pretty high resistance. I'll do this again. Swimming is another option, as my doctor has said being in the water will take strain off my back. I vaguely know the basic strokes, but haven't swum for about 15 years. Any suggestions on which strokes to try?
Part of the goal here is to make me look like less of a lump. I'm not overly concerned about a number in how much I weigh (obviously less than now), but rather how I feel and how I look. My legs look fine, but I've got chicken arms slumpy shoulders from losing all the muscle I used to have. I want to focus on my upper body so my proportions don't look as out of whack as they do now, and also that it would be fairly easy to work into because of the stability issues I mentioned above.
Thanks for any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions on what to add!