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MLAN613 Posts: 18,439
4/19/14 3:03 P

Welcome to SparkPeople! You seem to have the determination to do this and that is probably the biggest thing you need! The previous posters have provided some great ideas.

You may also want to speak with your doctor and let him/her know your plans, especially since you have some physical limitations. Here's a link for an article for people who are new to exercise which may be helpful for you. It includes a link to the PAR-Q form which will help you determine if you should first speak with your doctor.

Also, set baby goals. Maybe you can only walk to the end of the block and back this week. Next week, try going 1 1/2 blocks, etc.

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4/19/14 1:58 P

I have found the Obegone Fitness "Getting Back Into Life' exercise DVD very helpful. It has a routine you can even do in a bed, then progresses to a chair routine, and then a standing routine holding. The DVD is fantastic! I appreciate how genuine, real, and warm the people are on the video. The encouragement helped me to push through and make it through the 30 minutes. I can tell a big difference in my stamina, and I can make it easier throughout the day. The lead on the video is a physical therapist so I know the exercised are safe for my joints.

MLEHTO Posts: 734
12/20/13 1:49 P

I would suggest the limited mobility videos on the site. I also would suggest some walking videos like Leslie Sanson that you can do in your living room. If you can only do 5 minutes, do 5 minutes. Doing walking videos indoors would solve the weather and driving problem and would also allow you to do so with your walker without lugging it around.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,862)
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12/20/13 12:41 P

Hi, Maya !

Lots of great advice already. One thing I would encourage you to do is "friend" member INDYGIRL. two years ago, she weighed over 460+ pounds, today, she's lost half that weight. She's written several articles and blogs on how she exercised with disabilities. Join her Spark team too ! She's an inspiriation.

This is a link to some of the articles sees written during her journey.

Can you walk or stand without any pain ? Walking is something simple you can do to ease into an exercise routine. If you can only walk for 5 minutes before you have to stop, that's okay. That's where you start. No one says you have to walk for an hour. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. Walking for 10 minutes three days a day still adds up to a 30 minute walk. And if you can only walk for 5 minutes, that's okay too.

Your strength and endurance will increase with time. If you do find it difficult to stand, then sit in a chair and do some upper body exercises. Coach Nicole has a 10 minute workout that you can do while sitting in a chair. If you have some hand weights or resistance bands, you can do upper body strength exercises while sitting in a chair too.

You don't have to do a lot to start. every little bit really does make a difference.

OLGA18 SparkPoints: (21,792)
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12/20/13 8:55 A

Hi Maya, We're all on this journey together, it's great to have you onboard. I can't really add to the advice the previous poster's gave you but I can tell you it took me awhile to find my way around this site. If there's something you can't figure out just ask on the message boards. There are lots of nice people here who will help you.


MAYASVEIL SparkPoints: (311)
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12/19/13 8:29 P

Danka for all the advice. There is soooooooooooo much here I get LOST just turning the corner! Heck, it took 30 min just to find my way back here. I'm a little directional dysfunctional ..grin..

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,437
12/19/13 6:34 P

Take a look at Spark's Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center

It has a range of workout ideas and videos.


SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,435
12/19/13 6:31 P

Welcome to the site!

The fact that you're here, taking the first steps to change your life and are asking for help is a GREAT way to begin! The first thing I'd recommend is getting clearance from your doctor to start exercising. After you've got that, you might want to check out SparkPeople's Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center b/c all of those exercises can be done from a seated position. Here's a link:

You can also check out some of Coach Nicole's workout videos, which can be found under the Articles and Videos tab at the top of this page.

Here's another article I'd suggest reading:

There are lots of great articles and information on the site to keep you motivated. Also, keep posting in the Community b/c you'll find lots of others here just like you.

Hope that helps!

Coach Jen

MAYASVEIL SparkPoints: (311)
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12/19/13 5:06 P

I am a newbie here and need some guidance. Perhaps you can give me a hand. Tje headline says it all. I have some medical issues that prevents me from doing alot of things and don't know where to start really. I need to build some routine to begin a new journey, finding the real me.

I live in snow country so alot of outdoor walking is out. Plus driving on slippery roads scares the dickens outta me. Thus mall walking is short lived. I do have daily dogs that get a walked. Just not every day by me. Reason being ... I use a walker to get around. It's kinda hard maneuvering that Cadillac in inclement weather ... if ya get my drift.

So, I'm stuck in a chair or holding on to something. I can lean against something solid. Swimming is great! But I am broker than a joker thus club memberships are out. However I do have the following equipment.

A sassy attitude ( grin ) stretch band ... don't know what size they are, yoga mat, inflatable ball, 2lb weights and a ballet bar. How does one begin? How does one stay motivated? I wish I had a friend who would work with me and make me accountable. How does one measure success on a daily basis? Is there someone out there that is willing to help an old, obese, crippled woman build routines with music?

Humbly Grateful

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