Need Advice from Those who Lift Properly and Understand the Body
Hi, everyone. I do a combination of body conditioning exercises at home and some light lifting with 10lb hand weights.
Four years ago I SEVERELY herniated a disc a L5/S1 -- this is the lowest disc that sit inside the pelvis. Surgery is not recommended however I manage this injury every day. I feel pain daily when I sit for too long. Exercises like skipping rope causes pain. I'd like to lift weights CAREFULLY but am worried about doing more harm and ending up on my back in the hospital again (never want to go there again).
Is there anyone qualified on this forum who can recommend what lifting exercises I can safely do and what I should completely avoid? I have no problem making some new purchases of lifting equipment (bar/plates) from our Fitness Depot Store.
I currently carefully do squats, paying close attention to form but I do not use a bar with weights.
Please also advise if I should have a slight curve to my spine when I lift or if that will exacerbate a herniated disc even more.
Thanks for your help/advice on this.
F, 48, 5'10"
Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)
Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.