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es I am over weight but when i try to exersise my bodys tarts hurting so bad i cant continue. I love the treadmill but after 15 minutes, my ankles start hurting sooo bad!! Why is this? Same with walking outside, next day my feet hurt sooo bad... I can't continue to work out!
Anyone have any suggestions? Does this happen to you?

Thu. Feb 2, 1:55pm

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yeah cardio sucked so i did a lot of weights and now it doesn't hurt as much.

Thursday, February 02, 2006, 1:58 PM

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I am not an expert, but I use to have knee issues when I worked out. I would suggest using the stationary bike or the elliptical machines to get your cardio. These are lower impact ways to work out. Unless you have some issue that causes your pain, it is my belief that your pain will go away after losing a few pounds or just doing it for a few weeks. Also make sure you are stretching because you'd be surprised how much tight tendons can hurt. Good luck!

Thursday, February 02, 2006, 2:16 PM

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Thanks so much! I will try all the adive given.... The pain is awful!!
Thanks again!

Thursday, February 02, 2006, 2:22 PM

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Have your gait checked and buy the most appropriate shoes from a good shoe store (i.e. not the Footlocker) like a running shoe place. My back and hips and knees hurt when I started to do cardio on a treadmill. I discovered that the shoes I was wearing weren't right for my feet and gel, instead of air, absorbs the shock of the foot striking the ground better! I haven't had a probem since. The suggestion to do the bike or elipical are good...less shock to your body and you can always work you way to the treadmill!

Thursday, February 02, 2006, 2:40 PM

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I recommend swimming and weight training. Swimming is THE lowest impact and weights will build you up for the treadmill!

Thursday, February 02, 2006, 3:46 PM

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I definitely agree that if you haven't been fitted for proper athletic shoes, you should invest a little money into well-fitting and proper supporting shoes....

Also....How much overweight are you at this time? If you have been extremely sedentary and all-of-a-sudden you add on exercise, you may find that joints and muscles that are not used to the exercise will start hurting....

Also, does your treadmill have "padding" or "shocks" in the platform? I recently got a new treadmill--Last year I bought a cheap one from a friend and it did not have any "shock absorption".... It was an okay start, but I found that one to be really hard on the joints (mostly hips and knees)... My new treadmill has good "shock absorbers" (I've had to adjust it back and forth to find the right "impact absorption for my weight". Depending on your weight, this will make a big difference when you are walking on the treadmill....

I read somewhere that each time you step down, you put something like 2-4 times your weight in pressure on your toes and ankles... THis could be one of the reasons why your feet hurt....

Also, it is a good idea to warm up with some stretches when you first start working out... Make sure you warm up all muscles (including the ones in your ankles and knees. That may help as well if you are determined to walk on your treadmill...

Otherwise, walking in a swimming pool may offer some resistance and support for your feet and legs while your body is adjusting to new exercise.... Listen to your body--if it hurts, then you are doing something wrong and should correct it or you may become injured!

I hope this helps!

Thursday, February 02, 2006, 4:52 PM

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