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Ok so I'm very overweight. Wii fit said my BMI is 39.8. Yikes! That's pretty scary. I want to lose weight and get fit but I have a bulging disk in my lower lumbar region. The doctor said I should avoid squats and jogging. Other than walking what can I do for exercise? I use an exercise ball to do stomach crunches. If I try to use a mat to do them, my disks pop. Not fun. So... recommendations anyone?
 

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Is swimming an option? And don't worry too much about crunches if they mess with your back. You might try V-ups or even rollouts (with an ab wheel, standing or kneeling) instead crunches. Your hips won't tug at your back as much. If you are specifically wanting some type of aerobic exercise, there are plenty of options besides jogging. The easiest way is simply to find a few exercises you can do and switch between them without resting, thus providing an aerobic workout through strength and endurance exercises.
 

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yoga!<br><br>
yoga is great for people with back problems, its cardio and resistance training combined, great for burning calories and fat.<br><br>
there specific yoga dvds out there that target people with back injuries. also lots of studios offer "gentle" yoga classes designed for people with injuries and limited mobility.
 

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<b>Tai Chi is low impact and WONDERFUL for people with all kinds of bodily issues. We had people in my Tai Chi class who had serious joint issues, were overweight, not very flexible, ect. And they all gained something from it. It's enjoyable and a great exercise. I suggest it to everyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></b>
 

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I agree that swimming/water aerobics would probably be best. Also try an elliptical machine or stationary bike, since they are no-impact. Yoga is great too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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To add to Tai Chi, look into Qigong as well.
 

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How do you lose weight from tai chi really?<br><br>
In my mind, the only thing you do is really slooooooow movements erry day.
 

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Walking, Biking. There are plenty of weightlifting exercises you can do if you learn proper form.<br><br>
Bench Press<br>
Should Press<br>
Rows<br>
Assisted Pullups<br>
Machine Isolation Exercises<br><br>
These and their dumbbell variations. I highly recommend weightlifting for fat loss. For form, check out Youtube videos from reliable sources
 

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My gym actually offers a special class called something like Healthy Back or something. It's designed for anyone with back troubles. Perhaps you can find something like that.<br>
I also agree that some good places to start building muscle strength and aerobic health are water aerobics, plain old walking, bikes and elliptical machines. The next step up would be swimming, which is really a fantastic way to exercise. I'm not at all biased <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I have spina biffida and a firm love for swimming (though I've always loved to swim, so I guess it all worked out quite well then!). It's super calorie burning and metabolism boosting, easy to pick up and improve on, you'll see results quickly but most important of all it's low impact with very little stress on joints and bones. I find it actually helps my back pain!
 

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ive heard yoga is the best<br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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How do you lose weight from tai chi really?<br><br>
In my mind, the only thing you do is really slooooooow movements erry day.</div>
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i think she was suggesting that overweight people could do it, not that they would lose weight from doing it.
 

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i think she was suggesting that overweight people could do it, not that they would lose weight from doing it.</div>
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but OP said that she wanted to lose weight.
 

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Op,<br><br>
How are you doing now?<br><br>
I would recommend looking into Dr. Stuart Mcgill, who is a professor of spine biomechanics. His research finds repetitive spinal flexion leads to disc herniation - this means crunches. And if you are using the ball to go even further back, this is even more dangerous.<br><br>
The 3 exercises he recomends for 'core' are the bird dog, side plank and his own modified curl up - mcgill curl up.<br><br>
If you are still keeping up with this thread feel free to ask any more questions.
 

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Ok so I'm very overweight. Wii fit said my BMI is 39.8. Yikes! That's pretty scary. I want to lose weight and get fit but I have a bulging disk in my lower lumbar region. The doctor said I should avoid squats and jogging. Other than walking what can I do for exercise? I use an exercise ball to do stomach crunches. If I try to use a mat to do them, my disks pop. Not fun. So... recommendations anyone?</div>
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NOT to be taken as advice, but ...<br><br>
A freind of mine seriously crocked his back once.<br><br>
The only excercise he was allowed was to use a rowing machine.<br><br>
Logic there being that a rowing machine gives you pretty much a full body workout without any bending or twisting of the spine.
 

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I can totally sympathise with ya, I've had a bad back for years thanks to an epidural I had with my first kiddie (they don't tell you this at the time....grrrrrr...) but I've found the best (pain free)exercise to be swimming, it exercises all your muscles and puts no strain on any joints. Bonus! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 
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