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08 Aug 2007

Cardio woekout without using feet??
Hi There
I know this must sound odd but I need to know if there is any type of cardio workout I can do without putting pressure on my feet.
I have had tremendous problems with Plantar fasciitis on my right foot and Tendonitis on my left foot (outerside), I use an aircast for this and sole inserts for the other. Although I've had this problem since Feb'07 I've only just started treatment.
My main problem is that I am very overweight (45kg), totally unfit, have very elevated levels of cortisol (this is a long term problem from a very severe depressive condition).
I have made the decision to regain my health, so I've changed my eating style, working on my mental state (I’ve had a depressive relapse) and I need to do exercise. Exercise is the most critical aspect in recovering. In the past I've managed to control all my problems by exercising, especially the cortisol problem.
Now I HAVE THIS PROBLEM WITH MY FEET! (Just to make my challenge a bit more interesting!)
I would appreciate any input you may have with regards cardio workouts without using my feet.
Thank You!
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01 Jan 0001

HI Dawnbuddy

The first thought that jumps to mind in terms of cardio training is cycling. Remember, if the problem is plantar fasciitis, then it can be treated and so running is not completely out of the question - it's worth looking into this, and I see that you are receiving treatment, so perhaps in the future, your options will grow again. However, in the meantime, there are alternatives in terms of exercise you can do.

Cycling is the first to come to mind, and is pretty easy to do if you are at a gym. You can also do spinning once you start cycling, because that's more social and helps for some variety. Both will be important down the line. Then, if you are at a gym, then swimming is another option that is really very good. Again, there are classes here that you might be able to do. Also in a gym, you can use the eliptical trainers, which are pretty good for cardio training without impact. This should be OK to do.

Then another option is something like taebo, and before you say hang on, that involves my feet, my experience with people with plantar fasciites is that the repetitive, incessant motion of running causes problems, but if they do something with variety of weight transfer and movement, they can avoid this. So a lot of times, something like taebo is good to do. You'd have to let your symptoms guide you though - if you feel pain, then don't do the activity, but you may well be able to do it no worries at all!

I hope this has given you some options. I've made the assumption that you are at a gym, which I hope is a valid one. It really does give you many options and sources of variety, so worth considering.

Other than this, I'm pleased you've made this committment. May I suggest that you also look into diet, it's really very important and will help you a lot with your progress. So if you have not seen a dietician, I'd look at that seriously. It can undo your good work, or it can make it twice as successful!

Good luck and keep it up!
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