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Posted by Gramps on March 08, 2000 at 15:39:36:

In Reply to: Re: Hip Arthritis and running posted by Chris on March 08, 2000 at 15:10:50:

Hi again Chris,
I'd like to get more info on your stretches. My most painful part of the day is putting on my left sock. At work we have to put booties over our shoes to go into a clean room and it almost brings tears to my eyes. I think I'm doing most of the stretches on the charts but I'm not making any progress in my flexability. I know I can bend my leg farther when I'm in a hot whirlpool but I can't put my socks on while I'm there.

A physical trainer in Florida told be to "do weights and lose weight". Monday at the gym, I hit the leg press machine and with only 100 pounds [about half my old workout weight] I couldn't do much. I'd like to improve my strength and flexability faster than I am now. I'd appreciate any tips you throw this old man's way.

: Well, interestingly enough (which I didn't get into before), I have been rehabing using a series of stretching
: and range of motion exercies. hve they helped? FOR SURE! I started in the pool last October using
: techniques from Dr. Robert Klappers book "heal you hips" I progressed to Land training (lower leg machines,
: long walks and some cadio) but felt something was missing. By accident, I came accross janet
: Hamiliton, who runs an internet based consulting practice. We correspond by email daily, and as I progress she
: send links of exercises from her library. My pain is slowly dropping, and I really owe it to Janet. Bottom line;
: you hve to do the RIGHT stretches and Exercises. For example, I bought a book that has a hip stretch
: that supposedly has helped older people avoid hip surgery, and sure enough it has helped me as well.
: The biggest thing in my favor is being 31. My body is likely to respond better, so I'm hoping my training
: now pays dividends in 20 years.

: The more questions I ask, the more tips I pick up. FYI - I'm not advertising for janet - I just think
: she has helped me redefine my view of fitness - that is STRENGH and FLEXIBILITY are at the BASE
: of the pyramid. Conditioning only comes after the first two are at least reasonable. Bad biomechanics
: are also a big problem.

: Chris



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