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elliptical for bad back?

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  • elliptical for bad back?

    I have scoliosis and have had two herniated discs in my lower back. I'd like to try sprinting, but I'm not sure my back will stand up to the pounding. I used to be in the habit of exercising regularly on an elliptical machine. If my back can't take the sprints, would all-out "sprinting" on an elliptical be an acceptable substitution? I am a 50 year old female, and I'm about 15 pounds overweight.

    Thanks for your help!

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    I'd say yes, and I do recommend it over the treadmill or seated bike. Just ramp up your speed slowly (try 50% then 75% max before going all out) Determine if its aggravating. Start with just a couple intervals and work up to the standard 7-8. It's when you get overly fatigued that you have to watch your form and make sure not to injure yourself.