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BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (43,739)
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12/19/12 5:08 P

I agree with the folks who suggested water classes. I belong to a "Wellness Center", which is affiliated with the local hospital. There are many folks who use the pool for rehab and also because it is easier on their joints. Many folks in my water classes have knee and/or joint problems. I have also seen different folks doing their own exercises in the pool, rather than participating in a class.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
12/19/12 11:56 A

I am sorry that you have pain in your knees and surgery is not an option. I feel for you. Here are a list of questions that only you can answer. I hope something catches on and works for you.

Can you do chair exercises for your upper body? For example, can you sit up and stand straight with ears over shoulders over hips? Good posture is a beginning.
Can you walk 5 - 10 minutes at a time?
Can you sit in a chair and do exercises for biceps, triceps, chest and back? Can you lift cans of soup up for a shoulder press?
Can you check out "Deskercise" thread in this group, and also see SP pages on desk exercises?
Can you do wall or floor push-ups?
Can you do sit ups or other core exercises without your knees?
Can you swim? Is there a pool, do you have the money to pay for it, and do you know how?
Can you stretch arms?
Can you stretch legs without hurting your knees?

Can you focus on what you can do, instead of what you cannot do?

Good luck!

WORSHIPER4 SparkPoints: (1,445)
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12/19/12 9:19 A

Thank you!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (192,905)
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12/18/12 3:42 P


Your doctor can refer you to a good physiotherapist in your area. also, while you may not be able to walk for long distances, there are exercises you can still do. Swimming and water aerobics are two very good options. Being in the water will help take stress off your joints. Injured athletes routinely hit the pool for rehab.

Also, you could sit in a chair and do upper body strength training exercises with hand weights or resistance bands. There are even cardiovascular workouts that can be done while sitting in a chair too.

Have you read any of member INDYGIRLs blogs ? If not, I'm going to link you to her page. At her highest weight, she weighed over 460+ pounds. two years later and she's lost half her weight. She's written several great blogs on exercising with disabilities. She used an arm peddler for exercise at one point. that might be something you could try too.

Mostly, you could talk to your doctor to get clearance. when is the last time you had a full physical ? A healthy lifestyle should always start with a trip to the doctor to get the vital signs checked. You should know your current blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc... all of these numbers will improve as you become healthier. You also need to know if you have diabetes or not. If you're diabetic, that will effect what you eat.

Here are a couple of links to INDYGIRLs blogs. read them. they're really very good.

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (84,691)
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12/18/12 12:19 P

Yes losing weight is 80% food, 20% exercise.
I am sure you have been reading lots of info and know some basics but I thought I would give you a few food swaps to change to help you.

Swap out all sour cream with plain greek yogurt (I have baked with it, and add to tacos, or enchiladas) It tastes exactly the same. Even put in the cheesecake my husband made.

drink water instead of soda pop.

Salsa is good to put on salads, crackers, rice cakes,

swap out chips for indaian popcorn chips, or plain popcorn,

fill up plate with veggies

use a smaller plate

I found that I really like Kraft 2% milk shredded cheese. It tastes and bakes fine, but has lower calories in it.

Big salads can add a LOT of calories even if it sounds "healthy"

Check out she has TONS of recipes, cookbooks, and easy simple swaps. if you sign up for her emails you will get lots of them. I really like the cake mix and a can of pumpkin for all my kids' birthday cakes. Those are the only 2 ingredients!!!!

I know PBS has a sit and be fit workout on once in a while where all the moves are from your chair / couch. At least it would help you move and not hurt your knees. There are also DVD's out there that are for chair exercises.



WORSHIPER4 SparkPoints: (1,445)
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12/18/12 10:10 A

Thank you I will try the water. What is a physiotherapist and how do I locate one?

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12/18/12 10:08 A

Thank you I will try again and set small goals. Thank you for the link as well I will read the information.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,091
12/18/12 9:57 A


The good news is that when it comes to weight loss, the majority of your progress is going to come from what you eat, not exercise. So even if you can't exercise at all, you can still lose weight consistently if you're careful with your food choices. You might consider asking your doctor if water exercise would be an option for you since it has no impact on your joints.

I would recommend setting a few small goals to work toward over the next couple of weeks just to get yourself going. Think of your weight loss in small increments you're working toward, instead of the big picture which is further into the future. Focus on what you can do today to make good choices and help you continue down a healthy path.

I'd also recommend reading Coach Dean's series called "Mind Over Body". It gives you a step by step process to figure out why you get off track and what you can do about it. Here's a link:

I hope that helps! You can do it!!

Coach Jen

OAKDALE41 Posts: 973
12/18/12 9:55 A

Perhaps swimming may be a good option for you. There is no impact. Have you consulted with a physiotherapist? A good physio will be able to design a program that works for you.

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12/18/12 9:53 A

Hello...I am 44 and I weigh 335 and I am 5'6. My right knee has no cartledge in it at all the left knee is not to far behind. I am in pain daily and take 4 different prescriptions to keep me walking. I need a knee replacement and every doctor I've gone to says that I am to young and will not do the surgery. I am unable to exercise because of the pain in my knees and ow in my hips. I have tried but it seems to cause more pain so I don't do any exercise at all. My weight continues to grown even though I do try very hard to eat well it gets frustrating and then I end up eating things I should not. All advice is welcomed, thank you.

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