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Have lost about 80 lbs, but still weight about 220. Want to start exercising. Have an elliptical and a bike but what the best routine for a beginner?

Have lost about 80 lbs, but still weight about 220. Want to start exercising. Have an elliptical and a bike but what the best routine for a beginner?

Exercise!: Congratulations on losing 80 pounds although it's not clear to me how you did it w/o exercise. First go see your family doc & make sure you're otherwise healthy enough to exercise. You didn't mention your height so go to http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi/bmicalc.Htm to determine goal weight for your height. Finally, start riding a few minutes daily. Add a few minutes as that gets ea. ...Read more

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Is it safe to exercise with an L5 extrusion? Specifically elliptical or spinning (bike)?

Is it safe to exercise with an L5 extrusion? Specifically elliptical or spinning (bike)?

Yes: Exercise, especially cardiovascular regimens are helpful although you may find sitting to bother your back so you may want to consider cross training if there is some aggravation of your pain spinning. 90% of disc herniations get better non operatively with a 5 % chance of a recurrence which is minimized by regular exercise. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of using an elliptical trainer, treadmill or stationary bike?

What are the pros and cons of using an elliptical trainer, treadmill or stationary bike?

Treadmill: and stationary bike both are general AEROBIC type exercises (CARDIAC BENEFITS are the main benefits) The Elliptical Trainer builds up your 'CORE" (Abdominal and back muscles) as well as aerobic training. Hope this is helpful// for Professional advice consult a Certified EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST! Dr Z ...Read more

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I wanna loose 10 pounds, at the gym i like treadmill, elliptical (the best), bike and swimming pool. Which would be best to do?

Cross train: I would do at least two do you like elliptical because its easiest or you can work hardest? If its easiest don't do it if its hardest do it. I would suggest swimming for the other but that's my opinion. ...Read more

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Exercise bike, treadmill, elliptical, ski machine etc. If you had the choice of only one, what would it be?

Exercise bike, treadmill, elliptical, ski machine etc. If you had the choice of only one, what would it be?

Doesn't matter: The one you choose should be the one you're going to use. The type of machine is less important than how much you use it and whether you keep challenging yourself. In order to improve your fitness you have to keep doing a little more than is comfortable -- exercise in the zone of discomfort., but not pain the type of machine -- or no machine -- is a personal choice. ...Read more

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I am trying to lose weight at the gym im 21 years old and 238 lbs at 5'1. What machines should I focus on I do the treamill bike and elliptical ?

I am trying to lose weight at the gym im 21 years old and 238 lbs at 5'1. What machines should I focus on I do the treamill bike and elliptical ?

Any that burn cals: The best weight loss plan is a combo of cardio and the development of lean muscle mass. Do cardio exercises at moderate intensity for at least 20 minutes 5 days/week. Do resistance exercises (free weights and/or machines), working all major muscle groups 3 times/week with a rest day in between. Find specific exercises you enjoy and can be done safely. ...Read more

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What is ok to do with lower back pain at the gym, bike, treadmill, and/or elliptical?

What is ok to do with lower back pain at the gym, bike, treadmill, and/or elliptical?

All of them?: The exercises you mentioned when done correctly can all give you your desired result. I usually suggest alternating your cardio machines, thereby decreasing repetitive injury - for example do 15 min on each. Also pls make sure you are doing the correct exercises on each, if anything hurts stop and avoid running on the treadmill - u can always increase incline instead. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is best in ACL repair physical therapy, an elliptical machine or stationary bike?

What is best in ACL repair physical therapy, an elliptical machine or stationary bike?

Physical therapy: Physical may include dozens of different exercises including the two you mentioned. Consulting with a physical therapist after surgery is critical to the healing process. ...Read more

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What is best to do for ACL repair physical therapy, elliptical machine or stationary bike?

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What is best to do for ACL repair physical therapy, elliptical machine or stationary bike?

All three: Most acl reconstruction patients have quad muscle inhibition after surgery, so controlling quad function is a major part of physical therapy. A stationary bicycle also helps by working on the quad muscle group. The elliptical machine does not specifically help with the quad or knee muscle groups, but is an excellent overall conditioning system. ...Read more

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What is better for physical therapy after ACL repair - elliptical machine or stationary bike?

What is better for physical therapy after ACL repair - elliptical machine or stationary bike?

Personal preference: Both elliptical machines and stationary bikes are great adjuncts to an ACL reconstruction rehabilitation program. They both protect the recovering knee and new ACL from unsafe forces such as rotating and pivoting while also limiting impact loading. Some patients do not like one or the other pieces of equipment, so it is nice to have various options. ...Read more

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How to know what is best for ACL repair physical therapy, elliptical machine or stationary bike?

How to know what is best for ACL repair physical therapy, elliptical machine or stationary bike?

Stage of recovery?: This answer depends on what stage of recovery you are in. Generally i allow stationary biking (with pt or atc supervision) at 6 weeks, and ellipitcal at 9-12 weeks. There is some variation to this based on individual progress, and in whether or not there were injuries in addition to the acl tear (i.e. Meniscus tear). ...Read more

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Which type of exercise would elliptical training be?

Which type of exercise would elliptical training be?

More cardio, but: With the arm movement, easier to achieve cardio benefits with a lower perception of exertion, since you use more muscles. You will tone, but most strength gains go to the legs! safe and non-traumatic. Great machines! ...Read more

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During workout (jogging, elliptical ) my cuffs starting to hurt. What can I do ?

During workout (jogging, elliptical ) my cuffs starting to hurt. What can I do ?

Sore calves: It depends on your exercise tolerance. If you are getting back into shape or training it can be normal to have sore calves. If you have risk factors for vascular disease, smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes then okay to get evaluated by your doc. Your doc will check you for pulses at your ankle. A simple vascular ultrasound can be ordered. ...Read more

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Am 26yr .My weight is 148lbs.Is doing elliptical daily is good for women?Or women has to do just for a 4 days

Am 26yr .My weight is 148lbs.Is doing elliptical daily is good for women?Or women has to do just for a 4 days

Exercise is good: Using the elliptical is cardiovascular activity (increasing your heart rate). It is recommended that you do 20-30 minutes of activity 4 days (minimum) per week. If you are able to do more, that is great. Check with your physician before starting a rigorous exercise regimen. Happy exercising! ...Read more

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Should you continue to work out when you are sick? Or will that make your cold last longer? I use a elliptical

Should you continue to work out when you are sick? Or will that make your cold last longer? I use a elliptical

You : You can do a light workout but i would not push your body into total fat burning workout as that puts stress on your body. Just get the blood flowing, hr around 120's. ...Read more

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