I posted this on another Raw site and had some good comments so I thought I'd drop it in here for some folks who might be having fitness issues.
About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis. I was told I would need a hip transplant by 65 (23 years from now), I was also told not to run/jog, skip rope, lift weights, etc.
I bought an Airdyne by Schwinn and used that. I also began implementing the SuperSlow strength training protocol. But the core of my fitness centered around the SuperSlow workouts. Although the SuperSlow was increasing my strength, I was gaining weight and I could feel my level of conditioning free fall.
The summer before last I was asked to go on an outing with a church youth group that included a 30 mile, three day hike. So I started Airdyning to get into shape. I went all three days with no pain in my lower back or hips.
Well, fast forwarding to this Fall, I was sitting on the couch one day watching "Four Minutes" by HBO concerning Roger Bannister's sub-four minute mile. The show was quite inspiring and intrigued me.
The next day I went down to the mall and bought a $100 pair of Nike running shoes. My wife flipped. Not because of the shoes but because of the pain she figured I'd be in from running (and I did have apprehensions myself).
Well it's been two months. I have occassional stiffness in my lower body joints, but am up to 50 minutes per run. I do LSD (long slow distance) and don't really keep my mileage, although the other day on the treadmill I did 3.75 miles.
I share this not to brag about my incredibley slow running times, but to hopefully help people who maybe going through some physical ailmenst that might be hindering them starting a fitness plan to give it a try and find a way to facilitate your workouts that will best benefit you.
Before starting I was having chest pains (hopefully stress related as I stated on the other site) those are gone. I also, when aerobically taxed, felt as though I had a shelf under my lungs and they wouldn't expand past that shelf. My breathing in situations that cause exertion has improved immensley.
Anyway, good luck with your workouts and have a Happy New Year (as well as a belated Merry Christmas).
Jon in Idaho