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449 2/19/13 1:04 P
Try some of the Sparkpeople chair videos. They are pretty good.
2/19/13 1:02 P
No! Where can I find them on the board? I get so lost just now
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10,602 2/19/13 12:49 P
Have you checked out the Chair Exercise Team here on Spark? Sheila
Edited by: RFJSJ50 at: 2/19/2013 (12:50)
2/19/13 12:47 P
Thanks Naussika and Motivated at Last for the suggestions. I will ask my therapist about the arm biking and I have band, all three colors for when he says I'm ready for them. The videoes and the link I will check out as soon as I can
Hi IKACEY, welcome to SP! Have you tried an arm bike? There's another better word for it but I can't remember at the moment - ergometer maybe. Anyway it looks like a stationary bike except you pedal it with your hands. It is great for cardiovascular conditioning and burns plenty of calories. They are often sold as bike/arm bike (with pedals and handles you can switch) and for example there is one where I live that sells for €33 so we're not talking a huge investment.
There are some SP videos here on the site for "Chair exercise" where you are performing the whole exercise video in a chair. There are some moves that use legs but you can adjust anything to your ability.
For strength training, you can try using stretch bands to get started -- the good thing about these is they are very versatile and extremely easy to pick up and put down - they are practically weightless so you don't need to worry about straining your back bending over to pick them up from a sitting position, which can be an issue when using dumbbells. They're also very inexpensive and come in multiple "levels of difficulty."
I hope that's helpful!
2/19/13 1:40 A
I do have a doctor guiding me and a physical therapist who looks in once a week. I was looking for a way to match the goals I am working on to the fitness tracker/plan here as they are not nearly what your normal goals would be here. But if that isn't possible I will still go on with the nutrition part of the program and the support of the message boards. Thanks for the helpful thoughts
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46,222 2/18/13 11:05 P
What about asking your doctor for a referral to a physical therapist who can work in tandem with your doctor to help develop a plan that will be best suited for you. It's really difficult for anyone to develop a plan without being able to physically see what the person can and cannot do as well as discussing in depth your full physical assessment in conjunction with your doctor's recommendations.
2/18/13 10:55 P
Hi I'm new to Sparks (3 weeks) and I don't know where to ask about this. I am confined, mostly, to a wheelchair. Do to an amputated leg (below knee) and Osteoarthritis all over, especially in my spine and hips, I cannot do the cardio and strength exercises on the plan. I have some activity I am doing and increasing in small amounts as guided by my doctor, but I have no idea if they do any good or if they burn any calories or when I should increase what I can do. Can anyone help me with this? I would like to keep a plan and track it to stay on goal.
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