When I'm dealing with knee pain I find the elliptical works great for me.
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1,165 3/21/13 6:26 P
I love the Walking Videos as well. They are not hard on my knees at all. Too much jumping and lunging can really take it's toll on my body and these seem like just the right balance.
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748 3/21/13 5:46 P
Elliptical trainer? I like the elliptical trainer because I'm top heavy and can go a little faster than I can on the treadmill. The elliptical should be easier on the knees too. What about the rowing machine? You really feel the work in your abs and your lower back. Depending on how fast you go, you may feel it in your upper back and shoulders later in the day. It's also easy on the knees. You can get a nice workout in a short amount of time too.
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3/21/13 4:33 P
I have tried using a stationary bike and it makes my knees hurt too much and I never learned how to ride a regular bike. So biking is out unfortunately. Although I have thought about buying an adult trike but we live in a very hilly town.
I didn't know how to swim either until recently. And what I do barely passes as swimming. Under the "Track My Fitness", I check the swimming (treading water) category. I am proud of the fact that I have finally learned how to tread water at age 48.
The reason I think I need a better cardio routine is because I get so out of breath if I have to go up a lot of stairs. That really bugs me.
3/21/13 11:33 A
Its great that you are in the pool. Swimming is just about the best exercise you can do especially if you have bad knees. What you need to start doing now is laps. Start with a kick board and work your way into to swimming freestyle. It is a total body workout with no impact. Cycling is also wonderful. I have more than a few friends that have knee issues and they love cycling. Get on a stationary bike and go. Start easy and work your way into more challenging levels.
Zorbs is right. Have you tried any of the walking videos though? They aren't hard on your knees at all, as those are the DVD's I choose when my knees are a little sore. Then you can "walk" before the snow melts!
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3/21/13 5:18 A
What do you mean, it doesn't seem to be "enough"? You might try stationary biking, and some modified strength training, there are some articles on ST with arthritis in the fitness section.
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3/21/13 5:03 A
Hello, I have rheumatoid arthritis, and am trying to find a cardio workout that won't leave me in tears. My knees are greatly affected by my RA but I need to work on my cardio. Currently my workout consists of going to the pool and doing a combination of range-of-motion & stretching exercises, along with some jogging, and treading water. I am exercising for an hour 3 to 4 times per week on average since mid-November. This doesn't seem to be enough. I plan on including walking around my neighborhood as part exercise routine once the snow melts here in Minnesota. But I want something that I can start now. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Carol
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