count one for team alicia! today, my physical therapist gave me the ok-go to graduate from walking on the treadmill to working out on the elliptical! she said that since i've been able to walk for 45 minutes on the treadmill with no issue, it was okay to try the elliptical!
this is huge success in the healing of my bulging disc! the progression of exercise for disc issues like mine, according to my doctor, is as follows:
swimming --> treadmill walking --> elliptical --> treadmill running --> outdoor running --> all other activity
graduating to the elliptical means that i am one step closer to being able to run again! how amazing is that? i'm really excited and happy about how physical therapy has helped my injury this time around. it seems more effective than pt i've done for any other injury and i think the swim class i'm taking has also helped accelerate my recovery.
aside from what the elliptical means for the progression of my back healing, i also feel i can get a better workout in on an elliptical, versus the treadmill walking. i'm excited to start sweating again and hopeful this will help kickstart my journey back into a more active lifestyle again. as much as i love laying on the couch with an icepack on my back, it would be a lot nicer to feel like an athlete again :)
hooray for progress!
anyone have fun elliptical workouts they recommend? would love suggestions!