It is difficult to specifically advise you on that since we are not there to evaluate you. However, for weight loss, you want to take a look at your nutrition first since the majority of your weight loss will occur with a change in your eating habits. Exercise, both cardio and strength training, are necessary as well–but are more of a “supplement” to changes in your eating habits. You may want to contact a Registered Dietician for a complete evaluation and meal plan specific to your needs.
I would reconsider the swimming….. My first thought for you would be to find a facility with a pool for swimming. Swimming is wonderful cardiovascular work and very easy on your joints–in your case your feet.
You will find the combination of a healthy, clean diet and exercise together are the best thing for weight loss. Small, healthy changes in your habits can lead to big health benefits.
Best to you and good luck.
Weight loss is about food intake rather than exercise.
Don’t get me wrong, there are MANY benefits to exercising but in order to lose weight you must take a look at your food choices.
Daily swimming would be great along with resistance training.
It would be great if you could find a personal trainer / health coach to work with you to formulate a plan.
OK, I read the part about you not having easy, consistent, access to a swimming pool.
Do you have access to a bicycle, or a stationary cycle? If you have a regular bike, there are kits that will convert your bicycle into a stationary bike by slightly lifting the back wheel. Then you could pedal a bike without the full weight of your body on your foot.
I do agree with others who have written that examining your food intake will make a huge impact on your weight loss.
My best advice to you is to visit with a trainer and have her/him do an assessment on you and then provide you with a fitness program/plan specific to your needs. Since we don’t know you it would be very difficult to give you any helpful suggestions without any proper assessment. The other think you might want to consider is to schedule a visit with a dietitian and have her/him help you with a dietary plan that is customized for you.
Cardio/strength and swimming are all great, but they will be more effective if they are done with persistency and they are also specifically customized for you personally.
I hope this helps.