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23 Jan 2006

To FD
Hi,

I have picked up a rather large "spare tyre"over the past few months & need to rid myself of it. I have had spinal issues for 2 decades & the extra weight does no good, on the other side of the coin i have picked up probs from gym as well. For a person who has previously poped the L4/5 vertebral disc, has a problem in the T section & a related problem in the neck, what would be the best form of low impact exercise?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Shooter

My first thought was some cycling, but then considering that you have these back problems, the sitting position on a bicycle might be uncomfortable and downright unpleasant, so perhaps you need to let pain be your guide on that one. The other option is swimming, which is the most low impact form of exercise I can think of. The upside of swimming (apart from the low impact) is that it may even prove beneficial for the core stability that may help with your back problems. However, on the flipside, it's probably not quite as effective as running or cycling for burning calories. HOwever, if you eat well and swim regularly, then it will work.

Good luck
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