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CRISTALCONNORS SparkPoints: (14,880)
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6/27/13 8:44 A

I would agree with the pool. Spectacular idea that won't put a lot of strain on your body.

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6/27/13 6:22 A

There are some great upper body workout videos here on Sparkpeople.

LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (49,403)
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6/27/13 2:04 A

As I will be having foot surgery later this fall, I've checked into the Seated Cardio Videos here on Spark---really great. Some positions require stabilization using the legs/feet...but you can always skip those moves. The Spark Lifestyle Center under Articles and Videos has a Lifestyle: Limited Mobility grouping...some great ideas/articles there too.

Some years ago I took a "deep water" aerobics class...if you can find one, do it!! Really great freedom of movement with support--and extra resistance(!)-- from the Floating Dumbells. You can get a good arm workout with them, (up down into the water, dogpaddling using them in an up/down circular motion, etc..) and do some moves you just can't do on land! Picture this: one dumbbell in each hand, arms outstretched to the side; lay out on the water, face pull your knees up to your chest and roll straight back onto your back...extend your legs. And reverse it. Talk about working your abdominals! Wow!!

You can also use the side of the pool for support for stretches, etc. Pull one knee up in front of you....str-e-t-c-h the other out to the side along the pool wall....or, facing the pool wall, hang onto the pool edge, slowly climb the wall with your feet and extend your legs until your legs are as straight as comfortable.

Above all...just have fun! I saw a gal doing Handstands in the water last! She was Good---not me though!!

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 6/27/2013 (02:08)
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6/26/13 1:02 P

The pool is a great idea. The only thing that I ever do in the water is to swim laps though, so I don't really have any ideas for you. Oh, sometimes I do dance stretches or yoga moves in a warm-water pool. Could you take a water aerobics or aqua Zumba class to get some ideas for what to do on your own?

Stick with the PT...I completely tore my ACL many years ago, but even without surgery I'm not limited in what I can do, though I do baby it a bit.

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6/25/13 5:19 P

I also found having pool partner helps sooo very much. If I end up there alone then I tag along with a group or a solo walker. Has been great. My Mom just gave away her rowing machine as I didn't have room to keep it. :(

I am a lot stronger in a lot of ways just getting out and moving. It has been nice.

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6/24/13 11:20 P

What about rowing? It does require some leg movement but focuses on the core and upper body. I run as my primary exercise but take to the rowing machine as my go-to cross training cardio. It's a little boring but it's great for a cardio that really works the arms and upper back. I'll never know why it fell out of favor. It's hard to find gyms that have rowing machines..

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6/24/13 8:05 P

Great job finding an exercise that works well for you! And it sounds like you're on your way into building more into your routine to prevent exercise boredom!

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6/24/13 6:36 P

I am doing a lot better in the pool. I am up to at least a mile walking. Going to learn some yoga movements soon that can be done in the pool. Walking shoes for 4 bucks are the key tho. Wooooooot


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3/18/13 10:12 P

I had a knee replacement in Oct. and am just getting back to close to normal. Like you I just can't walk any distance. Both knees kill! I too am in the pool at least three days a week. My personal trainer just today said to try the walking in water. Was not bad. I do the bike move in the deep water too. I swim laps now but just started that. I had good luck with the seated videos on this site. They are great and do not tax my leg. I will improve until June when I start again after my other leg is done!!! Oh well! emoticon

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3/18/13 9:44 P

emoticon and i am having the same problem ....with OA and bone spurs and fibro and curvature of the spine ...even walking miles on the road is killing me . I can't afford to to to the Y and we don't have a pool ( for free ) that i can use . I am close to giving up emoticon

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3/18/13 8:13 P

Yes, I am figuring it out. Im a big thick headed so it takes me a while sometimes. Right now, moving is a good thing for me, getting out and moving.


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3/18/13 4:37 P

Good for you: You figured out how to overcome a major stumbling block and swimming is amazing for you!

If you are able to: look into kayaking: I LOVE it!

There are answers out there if you are actively looking!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/18/13 12:58 P

Wouldn't your physical therapist be able to give you exercises that you can do? Maybe upper body.

But if not, you need to really watch what you are consuming. Take extra special care with your food intake.

3/18/13 11:34 A

Hello, Well, in 2007 I simply sprained my ankle helping a patient across some ice. Now in 2013 after 3 ankle surgeries, 2 DVT's, Pulmonary Emboli, a filter placement, I have nerve and muscle issues in my calf and foot. The muscles that work the toes was in a continuous contraction that nobody caught until I wouldnt leave the Physical Therapy office. It now goes between contraction to muscle cramping. I am working with a Physical Therapise who is doing a remarkable job with Dry Needling. Its like acupuncture but deeper. I have less pain days.


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LOTUS737 Posts: 2,033
3/18/13 11:14 A

It's great that you've found something that works for you! I would take it slow introducing other exercises and work your way up slowly. If you can, see a physical therapist to help you with your leg issues!

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3/18/13 11:02 A

what is wrong with your leg?

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3/18/13 10:43 A

Well, being unable to walk long distances, jog or run, I gave up on exercise. I literally thought, If my leg isnt going to cooperate then there isnt anything out there for me. Now, I used to be an athlete. I played volleyball all the way through College. SOOOO, why cant I come up with anything? Well, I tend to have that all or none thinking sometimes.

I still am in that thought mode at times but I came up with an activity that works. Swimming. Our local pool has a pool that you can walk around. It is called the lazy river. Most time I go at 10 am when nobody is there. That is when I can swim around that pool. It is warmer than the lap pool.

I want to come up with a list of exercises that I can do. Starting small, this works for me. Small stretching or anything. I honestly have a block about this.

I didnt give myself credit for house cleaning or yard work. I do now and I feel like I am suceeding. It feels great.


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