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1/11/13 4:14 P

Yes, I have the all clear for anything - I just need to stop if I have pain.
Resistance bands are a good idea. I'm going to try them. Thanks!

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1/11/13 2:55 P

Did your doctor give you the all clear for exercise ? Ideally, it's always best to consult your doctor before starting or changing your exercise routine.

Now, if you have clearance, have you tried resistance bands ? You don't have to use weights to do do strength training. You could try resistance bands. Some come with handles. Some are just flat bands. There are also tubes that circles.

Even though you can't do a push up, you could try modified plank. That's the version of plank you do on your forearms instead of your wrists. a push up is nothing more than a moving plank. So, if you can only hold it for a few seconds. that's okay. that's a start.

Do you have access to a pool ? Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise that isn't weight bearing. You could do water aerobics too. They even have aqua zumba. I also know of weight training/physical training devices that can be used in the pool to gain strength.

talk to your doctor and ask them if swimming or water aerobics are okay.

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1/11/13 1:48 P

I have hand / dexterity issues. My fine motor skills are ok, but gross motor (grasping) is difficult, and I can't bear weight without pain. For a lot of things, I can find equipment that will make adjustments for me, but I am having trouble finding equipment that will adjust an exercise to make it easier for me to do. I can find video game controllers with accessability, but not hand weights!

To be more specific, I can't do a pushup, because I can't put my hands flat down to hold my weight. I can ride a bike, but not grip the handlebars for a long time without discomfort. These are the kind of hurdles I need to overcome.

Has anyone ever found a store or a website that sells accessability equipment that is for exercise? There are many places that are selling items for regular hobbies (like gardening), but what they sell for exercise is more for a physical therapist than an average person with bad hands.

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