Exercises for Bad Knees! I'm only 23!
Hi. I'm 23, female, 5'3", 125lbs. My goal is to lose 15 lbs in 6 months. I have a small frame and have much potential to be a very small lady. I have flat feet and bad knees. I wear shoe inserts to help form an arch in my feet. My problem is trying to find variety in my workouts. In my youngers days (I'm only 23 now) I used to be able to run on the treadmill for miles. Now, after a half a mile my knees hurt and ache! So I switch to just walking on an incline. I can do this for about 2 miles and then my knees hurt again and I have to switch to the elliptical. The elliptical does not hurt my knees at all, but I dont feel as if I'm getting the optimum workout and I have to stay on it longer than I would if I just ran on the treadmill. Swimming is not an option. I do weight training about twice a week and I can do everything but squats. The thing is...if I'm having knee problems at 23, what will it be like when I'm 43? I wouldnt say I'm 'overweight' now, but will my knees improve if I lose this 15lbs? Should I up the weights and decrease the cardio since weights are easier on my knees? I dont want to become jacked up. Right now I do low resistance, lots of reps. It's been a month and I'm not seeing a change. Can anyone recommend pounds/reps for someone my size? thanks-