Treadmill bad for joints?

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2008/12/02 08:15:15 (permalink)

Treadmill bad for joints?

I bought a manual treadmill to alternate with my cardio videos. But I keep reading everywhere that manual treadmills are bad for the joints. I am 27 years old... My knees are very delicate and I want the treadmill to walk and relax my legs since I drive 1 hour , I wake up at 5:30 am and arrive at 9:00 pm and my legs feel tired. Is it safe to use a manual treadmill? I will not use it for running... or what could I use instead? I want to do it while I watch TV...
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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2008/12/02 10:36:22 (permalink)
    Aolquin-I do not have a treadmill but this is what I know.  My daughter is 18 and plays soccer.  She has had surgery on both of her knees.  They are off season now, but they are expected to continue to condition.  She tried running the treadmill the other day and immediately had pain in her knee.  She has trained, conditioned and played consistently since last June, after her surgery in March, with no issues at all but as soon as she got on the treadmill she had pain.  She was told not to use the treadmill and only use the bike, or run around the track.  I am not sure if this helps you but just wanted to share.

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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2008/12/02 10:54:21 (permalink)
    Mary,

    Thank you! that helps a lot. When you said bike, A stationary bike works too?
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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2008/12/02 12:22:38 (permalink)
    aolquin-That is what she is using, a stationary bike.  It is too cold and snowy to bike outside so for conditioning, she is using a stationary bike.  Personnally, I think she is better off running on a track as soccer requires running but mixing it up is probably the best.
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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2008/12/02 15:07:57 (permalink)
    I have a knee problem (torn meniscus) and was told to stay off the treadmill because the impact is different than regular walking.

    Donna
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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2009/01/04 09:48:33 (permalink)
    Thank you for your response. What do you guys think of the rebounder for cardio?
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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2009/01/04 13:44:54 (permalink)
    http://www.collagevideo.com/forum/tm.aspx?m=13856

    Go to this thread .. one of our memebers loves her rebounder  :-) 

    And welcome to the forum !!
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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2009/01/04 15:41:19 (permalink)
    My husband jogs on our treadmill but at the advice of a sports medicine doctor I gave up walking on it. .She said there's bouncing that occures that can affect some knees.I use a recumbant cycle[with resistance] Even stationary uprite bikes can affect knees esp if you apply the resistance.Walking outside gives me no pain.Leslie Sansone's walk tapes are also knee-gentle. I had a  urban rebounder but the bouncing caused bladder leaks so I sold that.The urban rebounder dvds are excellent cardio but can be hard on the bladder.I could jog on it ok just couldn't bounce as needed on the dvds.
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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2009/01/04 18:57:37 (permalink)
    If you plan to buy a rebounder- try jumping on one for 10-20 min  beforedhand so you can find out before buying it if you will have a problem.If I'd done that I wouldn't have bought one as I didn't expect a problem..
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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2009/01/05 07:48:17 (permalink)
    You might want to look into an elliptical too.  I've been using one for years and I don't have any aches from it.  It's easier on the joints and you can get an awesome workout from it!
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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2009/01/06 10:30:47 (permalink)
    Treadmills are not the best option for anyone with bad joints. As mentioned earlier, ellipiticals and bikes are a better option (also low-impact aerobics)
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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2009/01/06 10:37:31 (permalink)
    Really?  Wow, I had no idea that Treadmills might be bad for knee joints.  And I have been wanting one for so long.  I guess now I can take that off my "wish list" since I have some knee issues, and will stick with Leslie and regular outdoor walking.   Hmmm, very interesting.  You learn something new every day.

    Andelyn
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    Re:Treadmill bad for joints? 2009/01/06 12:43:39 (permalink)
    I found even the eliptical gives me knee pain if I go over 1/2 hr and  also use heavy resistance the whole time.Yet I do the gym leg press etc with heavy weights..Go figure.I guess it's the extended time length combined with heavy resistance that does it for me.
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