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Sun Sep 16 20:25:59 UTC 2012

Metabolic syndrome
Asked By: prcsdmnds  
Category: Exercise

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I have metabolic syndrome it is getting close to the stage of diabetes. I avoid all the white foods such as white bread, potato, pasta, flour, etc. I have to eat 5 small meals a day. My problem is my stomach bulge and my weight are increasing fast. What caused A year ago, I had a stress fracture; I could not exercise, or walk. I had to keep my foot up for a year. I was in good shape before I injured myself. I do watch my sodium in food. In fact, I do not use salt. I use fresh herbs or bottle spices. I do buy organic products. I do eat lot veggies and eat chicken and red meat (once a week), plenty of beans, whole wheat etc. I am would like to find a work out program for this type of syndrome. I know walking is good for you, biking too. I need to find workouts with exercising weight.
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2012-09-18 19:36:10.0

Dear prcsdmnds,

Although your deit sounds very healthy, your experience has shown how important physical activity is to keeping your weight down and yourself healthy. The good news is that there are plenty of activities that you can do that don't necessarily involve walking.

For instance, there are a whole series of exercise DVDs that just show you how to do chair dancing. You can still do resistance training (with hand weights, resistance bands, or machines) since most of those exercises can be modified to be done sitting or even lying down in some cases.

Aquatic activities are also available to you and are kinder and gentler to your lower extremities, particularly your knees and hips. Try some aquatic exercise classes, pool walking, or swimming laps.

Finally, cycling is a great alternative to walking and can be done easily at home with a stationary bike. If you can put some weight on your foot now, doing some of the other cardio training machines, such as elliptical striders, cross trainers, and rowers, can also give you great fitness benefits without putting that much extra stress on your feet.

Time for you to get moving again!
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