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HEALTHYCHRISTY Posts: 28
2/5/13 2:21 P

I completely understand the feeling that you need to have a piece of equipment to exercise - I have spent thousands of dollars on equipment over the years trying to find the magic piece for me. If you want to save for something make sure that you are not too intimidated to try the unit before you buy it to make sure that it fits YOU - I bought a recumbent bike without trying it only to discover that it was uncomforatble to use because my belly was in the way.

I have recently joined a health and fitness challenge at my local gym. The challenge includes two "bootcamp" fitness classes a week. I am amazed at the amount of exercises that I can do the modified version of and all without any equipment. You might want to google "bootcamps" and check out SP for bootcamp vidoes when you have internet. If there are any personal trainers in your area, particularly someone who specializes in older or "special" issue clients I think it would be worth the money to have them set-up a plan for you.

If that is not an option I would be happy to send you a list of the exercies and their modifications that we have done in the past few bootcamps. Even doing laps around your house is better than sitting on the couch! Hang in there and listen to your body!

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2/5/13 10:58 A

Thank you, appreciate the reply and information! That is the style I would need, but unfortunately I'm not in a position to buy one. I was shocked at the prices but I guess with technology attached to these newer Bikes they really hiked the price!

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2/5/13 1:50 A

I have a Life Fitness recumbent bike similar to this model:
www.fitnesssuperstore.com/Life-Fitness-950
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It is rated up to 400 pounds and it's a good bike, but definitely not cheap. When I was shopping around I didn't see much that was under $1000 that was rated over 300 pounds and many of the cheaper ones are only rated for 200 or 250 and some are even less.

If you do decide to try a recumbent bike I'd advise getting a walk through model. I like the bike I got, but i'm short and have pain in my hips, so it's a task actually getting on the thing sometimes.

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2/4/13 11:59 P

I found two good Chair Videos with Nicole. Does anyone if there is a way to download any videos? I have limited internet each month so it would be difficult to follow along each day until I remember. Thanks

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2/4/13 11:13 P

Thank you, I appreciate the reply. I am looking through the videos now to see if I can find the Chair Videos. My wife just called and said the fitness center is free for her as an employee of the Hospital, she is trying to see what price for spouse and is going to stop by in the morning and find out the hours and what equipment they offer. It is a very small building so we'll have to figure out hours when it is least busy. But it is close!

OFGREENGABLES Posts: 514
2/4/13 10:18 P

I would recommend talking to your doctor (if you have one close by) or meeting just once with a personal trainer at a community-type gym if there are any near you. Or, you might try the SP videos - there's some where you sit on a chair - and you can make them as easy or as hard as you want.

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2/4/13 9:58 P

That is a good idea. I believe our local hospital has a fitness center or is somehow connected to one. I am looking into it now. I can't believe the prices of good exercise equipment, its like there Gold Plated or something if you are over 300lbs! emoticon

JUSTAGRRL Posts: 522
2/4/13 7:00 P

I was actually thinking of a recreation center, or YMCA...that kind of place. It's what my sports medicine Dr said to try when my hip/knee/shoulder were being painful.

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2/4/13 11:22 A

Thank you, I appreciate the reply. Swimming would certainly work, I live in rural area in upstate NY. We have Very limited options except for summer. We are thinking about a campground membership. Until then I wanted to do something!

JUSTAGRRL Posts: 522
2/4/13 10:00 A

With the health issues you say you have, I would suggest swimming, or aqua aerobics. It's easier on the joints than treadmills/bikes. You can even get flippers that allow you to run in place in the water (they're curved).

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2/3/13 9:29 P

I have several health issues. I was going to try a treadmill as I live in upstate NY and temps have been really low with wind on top of difficulty walking with Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Gout, PTSD, & Meralgia Paresthetica. I see for my weight range Consumer Reports recommends the ProForm 2000 Treadmill which is what we wanted but it was way to costly for us. Now we are looking for a good heavy duty exercise bike that would be affordable. Unfortunately consumer reports doesn't have a rating for them! Can anyone suggest a good brand?

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