by Greg Howard
(Sweetwater, Texas )

I had a synovectomy about 4 years ago, due to pvns. There was a lot of damage to the knee and I quit most physical activity and I gained 40 pounds. I started walking on a treadmill about 2 months ago. My knee seems to be holding up pretty while well and I am now going over 4 miles almost every night. I alternate between walking and jogging. 2 minutes at 4 mph and 2 minutes at 5.7 mph for 60 minutes. I am down about 25 pounds to just under 200. My question is should I be hitting it this hard every night or should I schedule a lower impact workout once in a while? My knees have some pain, but no worse than before I started.

Hello Greg,

The simple answer is to let your body be your guide. I would suggest a lower impact workout once in a while to let your legs recover, because you can still improve your aerobic capabilities and continue losing weight.

My father is a perfect example of what not to do. He simply keeps working out and punishing his body until he needs surgery. So far he has had shoulder replacement surgery, a torn quad tendon surgery, two ankle surgeries, and back surgery. He still is out there running even against the doctor's advice. He needs two knee replacements soon as well.

I don't think you want to go this route do you? I'm in your boat as far as knee pain. I always remember that if my knee is giving me trouble, to rest it and do another activity. I'd rather cross train and live to run another day.

Happy Trails - Coach Tief

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