Jogging & Running/Aerobics Step


I am no longer able to run for any distance because of my knees that are both slightly arthritic, and the fact I am overweight by about fifty pounds. My doc says once I lose the weight I can go back at it-but not until. I still like the 'action' of running, even if its at home on a treadmill while watching soccer on tv. Stationary bikes and ellipticals just dont do it for me. I tried running on the spot but that wasnt much of a workout.  I was thinking of getting an aerobic step. Would that be similar to running without the impact? Would it burn as many calories? Thanks!

Dear Bud,
This Orthopedic Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661, Roscoe Village 60618, Ukrainian Village 60622, Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says,

For your decreased ability to run due to arthritis & being overweight.....
Save your money & try to go to a local gym.
You will find encouragement & support. Plus you should vary your exercise routine.
You'll only find a snack at home....and reasons not to use the machine.
Do your running & exercises in a pool. The water will decrease the weight on your knees, but provide resistance to increase calories burned. That's what professional running athletes do.
Also, the fact that you've admitted the weight & wanting to do something about it is a great start!
Do understand that you will have to diet seriously and not depend on exercise to lose weight. The exercise will keep you healthy & help putting the weight back on. Once you lose the weight, gentle running will help the knee arthritis!
Hope this helps & Good Luck!

Dr George Tsatsos,Dr Svetlana Zats, Dr Mariano Rivera, Dr Ryan Holmbeck & Dr Kevin Massard
Chicago 60661, 60618 & 60622, Elmhurst 60126, Bartlett 60103 Podiatrists
Board Certified swimming or wearing a knee bin Foot and Ankle Surgery & Orthopedics
New South Loop Location-Chicago 60661

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