can't run, how can I lose weight?

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    Jul 13, 2009 1:58 PM GMT
    I have a plantar fasciitis and if I run my feet can get really sore, I was thinking to do rowing, is it as good for burning calories? any suggeestions?
    ps if you know how to get rid of feet pain get in touch please
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    Jul 13, 2009 2:43 PM GMT
    can you swim?
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    Jul 13, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    You can eat less.
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    Jul 13, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    Caslon11000 saidYou can eat less.


    Aren't you scared that chuckystud might see that?
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    Jul 13, 2009 8:29 PM GMT
    I don't suggest eating less, just eat smaller portions, and more times a day. Your metabolism will thus keep humming along quite quickly. Other than that, biking and swimming are always great alternatives for when you can't run. I've been running since the 3rd grade, and let me tell you swimming and biking come second and third now, because of past injuries.

    If those things don't work, you might have to change your lifestyle, whatever that is. If you drink all the time, maybe cut back especially if it is beer...one a day is good, but binging is not. Other eating habits can help as well, making your own meals, using fresh ingredients, and so on. Also, there are other activities like just walking. If you live in a city, or close to places you need to go, just walk instead of driving, taking the subway or bus.

    I hope I helped out some, and that you get back to your usual self as soon as possible!!!!icon_smile.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jul 13, 2009 8:40 PM GMT
    Try biking, rowing and elliptical machines. You can also look at your diet and see where you can cut out things that aren't good for you.
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    Jul 14, 2009 5:21 PM GMT
    no I can't swim, Ill try biking and rowing
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    Jul 14, 2009 5:24 PM GMT
    Caslon11000 saidYou can eat less.
    Stop making sense.
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    Jul 14, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    biking and rowing are great...and if you can get into swimming -- even if it means starting out slow doing only a few laps, then working up to more laps each time -- it is one of the best cardio workouts there is. If you don't know how to swim -- learn --- or try paddle boarding.

    Also, if you're able to bike, checkout spinning classes at your local gym. Again, start out slow only maybe doing 15 or 20 minutes of a class, but work up to doing a little longer each time until you can do the whole 45 minute class. Guaranteed you will shed pounds, assuming of course that your diet is in check.

    Good luck!!

    Todd
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    Jul 14, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    perseus82 saidI have a plantar fasciitis and if I run my feet can get really sore, I was thinking to do rowing, is it as good for burning calories? any suggeestions?
    ps if you know how to get rid of feet pain get in touch please


    Lol that happened to me...I was training to run a half marathon and my first time trying an outdoor route...I ended up with a shot of cortisone in my foot and off my feet for 3 weeks.

    Try run on a treadmill, stretch, invest in some good running shoes

    Other than that, I'd add swim too great low impact cardio
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    Jul 14, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    You might try pool running. Here's an article from Runner's World:

    http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-263--5536-1-1-2,00.html
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    Jul 14, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    try running on a treadmill, instead of outside yoicon_exclaim.gif Plantar fasciitis is not chronic, so advil & icing should help out.
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    Jul 16, 2009 7:43 AM GMT
    I swim about a mile a day(72 laps). Its great for burning calories, but it not that great for losing weight. There is no cool down process for the body after the workout, unlike running or biking. It's the best workout as far as a full body workout, like cross country skiing, but you really won't see much weight loss.

    Just sayin'
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    Jul 16, 2009 7:52 AM GMT
    Swimming or cycling would be tops. Maybe cross training, too? If you add in some weights and have a good diet, you should be fine.

    Re: the foot pain, go see a physiotherapist NOW.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 16, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    Ghen said
    Caslon11000 saidYou can eat less.


    Aren't you scared that chuckystud might see that?


    99% of us could give a rat's ass what ignorant, google cut and paste chucky says!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 17, 2009 8:38 AM GMT
    I had an injury 3 yrs ago. During rehab there was a man there with diabetes he lost one leg and he still did cardio. Eliptical, treadmil, swiming. You can do it!!!.

    Also a little off topic I saw a man play doubles volleyball with one arm. He threw the ball high in the air and jump served with the same arm, but the most amazing was watching him pass and set with one arm. It was truely inspirational!!!
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    Jul 19, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    Used to run 5-10 miles a day but in my mid-twenties my knees went and that was that. That's when I took up cycling and it's been my thing ever since. Lots of great things about it: get outdoors, can actually use it as transportation (commute, vacations), excellent cardio workout and, with hills, great lower body strength training. I supplement/cross-train with some machines at the gym, weights, and walking/hiking, but cycling is the main event in my routine.
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    Jul 19, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    It's been touched on in a few responses, but don't underestimate weight training for weight loss. Lifting regularly works your metabolism, and once you start replacing fat for muscle on your body, you will shift your body composition. Last summer I trimmed up some winter-belly nonsense just by lifting. Just be sure to include some sort of warm-up before lifting. I did jump rope, but not sure if that would work with your plantar situation.
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    Jul 20, 2009 2:18 AM GMT
    swim, row, walk on the treadmill at an extreme incline as a regular walking pace.
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    Jul 20, 2009 2:20 PM GMT
    Swim your ass off !!
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    Jul 21, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    LeftCoast saidIt's been touched on in a few responses, but don't underestimate weight training for weight loss. .
    yeah my friend just told me that too, it keeps your methabolism high for longer, and in my humble opinion if feels as you can do better cardioif you alternate the 2
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    Jul 22, 2009 2:35 AM GMT
    i would def suggest cycling. its low impact, and great for your legs. i usually burn around a thousand calories during a ride, so its great for toning up. good luck.

  • Jul 22, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    I actually have had plantar fasciitis twice, and the only thing that's fixed it has been to go to a podiatrist and get special inserts made for me. Without them, no matter how much you rest or heal, you will eventually tear it again. The arch support is firm, and it keeps the plantar fascia (thin connective tissue within the foot) from tearing. After you wear them for a bit, everything heals up and you don't have to wear it all the time (I only wear them when I wear my tennis shoes -- running, lifting, etc... I don't switch them out when I wear dress shoes or anything). As a side note, I used to have knee pain -- after wearing the inserts for awhile, that's stopped completely. I think because of the foot pain I was compensating a tiny bit, and that was throwing my entire body off.
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    Jul 22, 2009 6:13 PM GMT
    I'd second the comments about seeing a podiatrist and investigating inserts. I'd also recommend a hot & cold treatment - 5 minutes in hot water, 10 minutes in cold water, 5 in hot, 10 in cold, then let the feet warm to room temp and massage gently. This helped me, my mom (also a runner) and a cousin who runs. I use it this method for general foot health. Just be aware you'll have to lotion your feet to avoid excessive drying of the skin around the heels from the soaking.
  • EricLA

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    Jul 22, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    How about the eliptical or bikes? Those are usually easier on the feet. I feel I'm pretty trim, I don't really calorie count, but I try to make it to the gym 3x a week. I do a short 10 min. warm up on the eliptical, then on to my workout routine. I keep the rest periods between sets and exercises as short as possible to keep my heart rate up, which helps give my workout a cardio component.