My first post here! I'm a 42 year old man who's always had some knee issues, even when I was a teen . I'm overweight (240lbs at 6'), and back in November started doing something about that (hey, I was 257 back then, so I've made progress). In addition to diet, I started exercising regularly, primarily on a treadmill at home.
I've kept to walking speeds to avoid flaring up my left knee problems, but after two solid months of 5-6 times per week, 30-60 minutes per session, it's starting to act up. I believe it's primarily impact-related. Prior to this, I had worked up to doing 30-60 minute sessions, at a steady 3.5 pace (warm up and cool-down speeds lower, of course). 3.5 is about as fast as I can go without breaking into a jog.
Now I'm finding that to keep my knee from feeling strained, I've had to back off to 30-40 minutes at 2.8-3.0 pace maximum. I don't even break a sweat any more at that pace, so don't feel I'm getting much of a workout.
I've been looking at some alternative machines to use for cardio that would be less strain on my knee. Ellipticals seem to be the way to go.
Any comments on this? Are they actually easier on the knees, or do they cause strain in other ways? I've done a little research on various machines, and would be looking at roughly $1000-1200 (really can't do more than that)...specifically the Spirit XE150/Sole E35 machines.
Any comments from those who also suffer knee problems? I tried a very cheap elliptical for about 5 minutes and it seemed to better, but that was hardly a long enough test.
Thread: Elliptical for bad knees?