Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!!

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Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!!

I am 33 years old and love my intermediate to advanced DVD workouts. Right now I am loving Results: {10 Days to a Better Body}5591^, Jackie Warner's {Power Circuit Training}5757^ and many of Jillian Michael's videos as well. I try to do a video a day alternating upper body one day with lower body the next or cardio one day and strength training the next. My problem is I'm beginning to feel like the workouts are taking a toll on my body. My knees ache, my wrists hurt (from vicious plank circuits) and I wake up feeling like I have an 80 year old back. I feel great immediately following the workout...it's the next morning when I wake that I feel like I have been beaten. This goes away as I get moving with the exception of my knees. I continue to use these workouts but wonder if I should find something with lower impact, but then I feel like I'm not getting as good of a workout. I thought strength training is supposed to make us stronger and I'm not feeling that way! Please help!
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/07/20 14:18:13 (permalink)
    Your workout rotation looks good. It sounds like you are mixing things up to avoid overuse injuries and getting a good balance of cardio and toning. Unfortunately, what you are describing could be the result of many things, from medical to environmental. Medical I am unable to help with but would recommend talking with your health care provider. The environmental, meaning your workout area, could be anything from the surface you are working on and impact of movement to the actual movements themselves. I would suggest starting by checking the surface (do not workout on a concrete floor), lowering the impact and modifying the movements. If you do still experience the soreness that you describe then definitely contact your doctor.
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/07/21 12:03:58 (permalink)
    Collage Moderator, you are so smart!
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/07/21 14:17:29 (permalink)
    cmartin

    I am 33 years old and love my intermediate to advanced DVD workouts. Right now I am loving Results: {10 Days to a Better Body}5591^, Jackie Warner's {Power Circuit Training}5757^ and many of Jillian Michael's videos as well. I try to do a video a day alternating upper body one day with lower body the next or cardio one day and strength training the next. My problem is I'm beginning to feel like the workouts are taking a toll on my body. My knees ache, my wrists hurt (from vicious plank circuits) and I wake up feeling like I have an 80 year old back. I feel great immediately following the workout...it's the next morning when I wake that I feel like I have been beaten. This goes away as I get moving with the exception of my knees. I continue to use these workouts but wonder if I should find something with lower impact, but then I feel like I'm not getting as good of a workout. I thought strength training is supposed to make us stronger and I'm not feeling that way! Please help!



    If you are doing a workout each day, You need time off to rest. Supporting tissues like ligaments take far longer to get stronger than muscles which can lead to joint pain. The muscle builds in a state of rest, not work like must people would think. Even though you are not working consecutive muscles day to day, the body itself needs time off to relax and repair. If one does not get that, the body doesn't heal, muscles don't heal and build, and in fact, muscle breaks down and it can cause the immune system to break down; even lead to additional aches and pains. While I am not a Doctor, I have spent years in Physical Therapy and in and out of sugeries for joint and ligament issues that do not have a name. Also have Fibromyalgia, I work closely with a variety of specialist and all have said what I have told you. It doesn't matter if you are healthy or have a syndrome/disease, the human body isn't a machine and thus, shouldn't be treated as such.

    Back off a little, slow down and give your body a rest; it needs it. We all need it.
    post edited by A_Size_Healthy - 2011/07/21 14:18:13
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/07/27 14:21:23 (permalink)
    Years ago, I 'burned out' doing Jane Fonda videos. I was up to 6 and 7 days a week. My hips hurt, my knees hurt, finally I just quit exercising. I didnt resume for many years; then I began with Leslie Sansone's (I still use hers often today). I pushed myself too much, with NO rest days, or at least 1 day of easier workouts. You cant push yourself day in and day out, and NOT hurt yourself. Take 1 day off, go for an easy walk; or at least keep a few exercise dvds that are easier. This is how I do things now, at age 59.
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/07/28 06:30:02 (permalink)
    Try doing yoga a few times a week--it really helped my back when I added 20-30 minutes of yoga after other workouts--Rodney Yee's {AM Yoga for the Week}5576^ is a good one--you don't just have to do ithe segments in the morning.  Also, maybe add lower impact cardio (like some dance workouts)--once or twice a week.  Also, Ellen Barrett's workouts are good for flexibility and strength without impact.
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/05 17:53:10 (permalink)
    1.  Do you have really good shoes?  I have had my hips ache the morning after workouts too.  Sometimes I get lazy about replacing my workout shoes.  They don't last forever! 
    2.  Also, if I vacuum my tile floors or basement cement floor especially barefoot, I will definitely have my hips ache.   
    3.  Be sure to stretch too.  My chiropractor emphasizes the importance of stretching.  The figure 4 stretch is really good for hips and outer thigh.  Look up stretches for hip flexors too.  
    4. Rest or do yoga 1 or 2 days a week.  Walking is ok for me as long as it's not on tile or cement like at the mall.
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/07 15:12:31 (permalink)
    Also, do you have good form when exercising? I've found I'm more likely to have certain parts of my body ache if my form isn't as good as it should be.
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/07 18:03:58 (permalink)
    Just a wee comment from me -- the workouts you are doing are great, very effective and intense.  But they are also really high impact, bootcamp style workouts.  I too have and have tried workouts that are challenging but "beat me up" physically -- Insanity, Patrick's {LHB}5955^, some Bob Harpers.  I do like doing that kind of workout occasionally, but it's not the norm.  Otherwise I would just burn out.  I recommend trying some workouts that still challenge you, but are easier on your joints -- maybe fusion workouts ({Reach}7509^, Ellen Barret), rebounder or Bosu cardio, Power Yoga, Firm AWT, low impact step, dance etc.  Workouts that feel good and leave you sweaty but ENERGIZED not exhausted.  Just to mix things up.  You don't want to get burned out on exercise -- it should be a sustainable lifestyle change that you can adopt permanently.
    All the above comments are excellent too.
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/07 21:40:16 (permalink)
    Hi,  I think you may want to consider that rest is part of fitness, too.   As are EASY workouts from time to time!  Gentle yoga,  a swim,  a long pleasant walk,  a bike ride on a summer evening,   try adding some activities or vids that still get you moving, but in a less strenuous fashion.   Your body is indeed talking to you,  asking for more rest and less stress, but still plenty of activity!   
    I like to do an "easy" workout again in the evening,  20 min yoga for example,  AFTER a vigorous morning intense work out.   Also, are you staying hydrated,  and  using good form?  Remember,  we are all unique, and your own body may be asking for a lower impact,  more flowing and less intense workout.  I do suggest adding Pilates to your workout,  it both strengthens and lengthens, and the mat workout means you are not jarring the body.   Best, Alice
    post edited by Alice Kathleen - 2011/08/08 08:16:20
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/07 22:17:31 (permalink)
    Maybe some orthotic shoe pads would help.  I have had major problems with my back and than my legs moving down to my feet started bothering me.  My chiropractor suggested the pads and it helped almost immediately.  Everything is connected. I didn't got to the drug store and buy them off the shelve - those may be okay.  I went to a orthotic pad shop.  I stepped into some stuff and the pads were made to fit my feet.  Its about time I got some new pads. These are pretty worn.
    Maybe doing some more stretching?  Some yoga?
    Good luck.  I hope things improve.
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/10 19:38:48 (permalink)
    I cannot get your comments out of my mind.  I believe, on reflection, that you might want to consider lowering your  intensity.   Working at too hard an intensity is not productive if you are left feeling as you describe.   You can either drop down a level,  and you will feel better, or try to build gradually if you feel you really must work at a more intense level.  Your workouts WILL change over the years,  nothing is set in stone.   But a workout should leave you feeling good, energetic,  not whipped.  You may be more like me,  able to go a long time at a lower intensity.  Everyone seems to have a different set point.  Tortoise and the hare. Alice
    post edited by Alice Kathleen - 2011/08/11 07:39:30
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/10 21:19:28 (permalink)
    Kelly Coffey Meyer says that we should use the 80-20 rule.  80% of your fitness should be at a moderate level, 20% at high intensity.  When you push that 20% up you are prone to injury, burning out, etc.  And then you might give up fitness permanently.  Exercise should be sustainable -- there is joy in movement; it shouldn't be a chore :)
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/19 10:40:26 (permalink)
    I am 52yrs old and for the last 2yrs have had the same problem.  Part of it was due to anemia, and the other I thought was age and doing hi/intens w/o for years.  Recently, through careful dieting and a fluke,  I was consuming very lean protein and low carb or non starchy vegetables.  Lean protein like egg whites, non fat yogurt, milk and cott/cheese, fish/chicken, using very little oil.  I haven't been experiencing pain.
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/19 15:21:20 (permalink)
    There's a good discussion of high impact versus low intensity/longer duration workouts in the old Collage Forum: http://www.collagevideo.com/ForumFrame.aspx?Topic=Search.  Search under "Surprising Results" (title of thread) or "Low Impact".  There are posts spanning 2005-2008.  Many posters reported better weight and inch loss results with low intensity/longer duration workouts and felt more energized, too.
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/19 16:06:33 (permalink)
    Great read every one  :-)

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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/19 19:39:46 (permalink)
    Cardius

    . . . using very little oil.  I haven't been experiencing pain.


    I'm with you, Cardius, on avoiding oil.  When I eat fried foods or foods prepared with a lot of oil, I get arthritic-type pains in my fingers.
    post edited by Carol S. - 2011/08/19 19:40:13

    Carol
     

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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/20 15:05:16 (permalink)
    well, now that I am in maintenance mode, my rule of thumb is to alternate cardio, ala Leslie Sansone walk to Kelly Coffey-Meyer Plyometrics. ST Cathe Friedrich to Jackie Warner. I buy new shoes at least every 6 mos - 8 mos cause I know I wear out the protection.  I incorporate yoga weekly as well.  I try to make it a point every 8 - 12 weeks to take week (7 days) off.  My goal is avoid injury and burn out.
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/08/31 13:00:53 (permalink)
    There's a three-page thread about this same topic on Video Fitness Forum: http://forum.videofitness.com/showthread.php?t=170112
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    Re:Workouts leave me feeling like an 80 yr old woman!!! 2011/09/01 15:24:38 (permalink)
    I burned myself out, doing Jane Fondas many years ago. I didnt know enough to back off, give myself a day off. I got to having hurts knees, hip muscles and I just plain quit doing any exercise. I began again with Leslie Sansones; and I use hers a lot to this day. At nearly 60, I dont do the hard ones day after day. I alternate with easy, to medium, to hard workouts. And somedays not workout, but have a long walk, with my walking poles.
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