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 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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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.
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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