I'm sorry you've had back problems - I've thrown mine twice years ago. I'm no expert but reading your email you really should consult a doctor who themselves exercises. Don't go reading up on it through websites consult a doctor it's just that your back is soooo important. People don't realise until they throw it out - the basic things turn into a real chore. That is probably advice you don't want, but believe me you don't want to cause real damage...through a jog!!!...that just sounds totally insane. Get professional advice from your doctor, and respect what ever they say. Your body is the most important thing - most people think they are in control of their body, actually it's the other way round, your body gives you indications all the time...sciatica is a message within itself. Listen to your osteopath and your doctor they are there to help. I know it's frustrating, I'm back to total beginner again after a tumour but I'm listening to my body and what the professionals say. People panic if they are not at the fitness level they would like to be, but you are much wiser to listen to your body, get advice and begin exercising when it's right for you. Yes, it's frustrating but you will get there. Sorry, if this email is in anyway harsh and take it as you will but don't neglect the messages that your body is trying to tell you for information you find over the internet.
Hi Thank you for the advice. I recon I'll try the hill challenge to see what my heart rate max is and i'll walk/run for 30 minutes although I recall reading that fat burn is after 40 minutes? - so perhaps I should build up to that - I'm trying to loose a bit of weight too!
Plodding Hippo - I'm on beta-blockers as I get cluster headaches and migraines all the time. They are the only things that seem to stop them all together. I've worked my way through most medcines and these are the only things that work. I've tried virtually all alternatives - I've had regular cluster headaches and migraines since about 2001.
I'm after some advice if there's anyone who could please help. I've been recovering from a brain operation and have been given the go ahead to exercise (I haven't been doing anything for the past 3-years). I've got a heart rate monitor but I'm on beta-blockers and my readings arn't of a 'normal person' (if there is such a thing!!!!). I'm trying to find out if there is some way of calculating the different fat burning zones which allow for beta-blockers! - I don't know if there is such a thing. Does anyone else have this scenario when using a heart rate monitor? I've just tried my first run and it wasn't very good, my breathing is awful and I think a heart rate monitor will help me to build up slowly. My targets are very small. I would just like to get up to running 3-miles continuously by June, and to slowly tone my leg muscles which I think is realistic. If any one could offer some advice that would be lovely! Oh, if it helps my daily heart rate (moving around the house) is 44 beats per minute and the max my heart has gone to so far when exercising is about 132.
I can relate to what you are experiencing. I'm not a very good runner yet, but, one of my friends who is a really good competitive runner was has having the same problems as you a few years ago. He was building up and racing a lot, his aim was for a good time for the London Marathon. Three weeks prior to it, he felt bad but didn't rest. Two weeks before the race he was quite ill and couldn't train/work at all. He recovered in time for the marathon, but thought his level of fitness had gone and he was going to pull out. He didn't and was going to just plod his way round the course. What actually happend was that his body had recovered enough for him to do a PB. He's a very good runner in his category and was able to compete at a competitive level. By the sound of things you need to rest. It might be worth having a full body sports massage and taking a week off. You will not loose any fitness at the level you are at, it can only help you improve - that's just my thoughts on things. I hope you make a full recovery and listen to your body! - I think you know it's trying to say something to you :0).