Yes, the more sports you do, in general, the fitter you will be. You can do basic calisthenics and some light weight lifting at home, and don't forget stretching. Maybe take up running? That can really help you be fit and it won't put as much stress on your growing body as other exercises will.
Before you finish growing, make sure to use proper form in all your exercises and pick lower impact options. Running rather than jogging, etc. Cycling is good too. So are sports. To support your new muscles, make sure you get plenty of protein, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, and try to limit your junk food. The idea is to give your body good fuel to run on and good materials to build with.
Stay away from wacky supplements and herbal preparations. You want good, whole food without a lot of extra junk in it. That will give you energy to work harder. That way as your body matures naturally and you gain muscle, you will develop a strong phisique.
Some exercises to try at home: crunches, pushups, starting with wall pushups if you have to, lunges, jump rope. Don't laugh, boxers do it too! There are awesome videos all over Youtube to show you more.View Thread
Joining a gym is nice because you have all the equipment you could need, so it's harder to be bored. You also have incentive to go because you don't want to waste your membership fee. You also can get advice and often can join fun classes. However, it costs money and is more time consuming.
Working out at home is nice because you can work out any time, it's quick and easy, it's free, and you don't have an excuse not to do it because you are already there. However, there is no one to hold you accountable, a limit on expert advice, and it's easy to get bored with your routine. There are some exercises you can't do very well at home, as well.
You can get a great workout either place, it's more about knowing what your goals are and what your own needs are.View Thread
Call the medical side of your insurance and ask, that's the first thing to do. If they do, ask them how. Sometimes you can save reciepts for reimbursement and send them in to your insrance. While you are at it, ask about any health management plans, discounts, or any other perks.View Thread
To start with, I'd try gentle stretching after your workouts, if you don't do it already. Also, try putting a pillow between your knees to support your hip. Sometimes that can really help pinched nerves and such.View Thread
Sounds to me that one of the biggest problems is that you aren't being listened to by those who are handling your medical care.
Would I be correct in saying you aren't losing weight even though you are having a lot of trouble eating? If that's the case, those thyroid meds really need to be checked. I don't get how a doctor could say your thyroid meds were off and then not change them. With that going on, and especially with the hospital that took your gallbladder out thinking you still had it, you definitely need to be heard! I think that's where getting mad comes in.
This community is more for help with exercise, but you would be very welcome at our 50-100 lb weight loss group. It's friendly, it's active, and there are plenty of people there with weight loss concerns that have various medical issues. As for the other issues with pain etc, other communities might be able to help you as well. Welcome!
I usually say the best time to exercise is when you do it. Any exercise is better than no exercise. That said, some say they get more out of walking in the morning because it kind of revs them up for the day. However, taking a walk after dinner is a time honored tradition and if it's not too vigorous is still good to do. If you eat a really heavy meal it may cause problems with digestion, but most people don't really have a problem.View Thread
Building strength will help stop the dislocations, so I hope someone has a good suggestion for exercises. Remember, start slow and easy. High rep, low weight at first. Exercise bands, light weights, stretching. It would help to know what kinds of things cause your dislocations.View Thread
When you do eat, make sure you eat protein, fruits, vegetables, cheese (especially hard cheese), eggs, that kind of thing. What you mention as food sounds like it's fairly good, though you want to make sure you take in at least 1500 calories a day, if not a little more. Otherwise your metabolism will slow too much and you'll gain the minute you start eating more. Lifting is great for getting lean. Increase your intensity, maybe try some interval training to keep your body guessing. You are young enough that this is a great time to start for healthy habits throughout your life.View Thread
If it's not your heart, also make sure you aren't dehydrated and have high enough iron and B vitamin levels. Also, have you changed any of your medications recently? Sometimes even seemingly innoccuous medications can have unexpected effects. Heart medications, blood pressure medication, etc. We had a good discussion recently about muscle weakness and lisinopril. Hope you find a solution!View Thread