Exercise is important for good health, but weight loss isn't about exercise. It helps, makes the process easier, but it isn't actually the most important factor.
GEtting your calorie intake under control is how you lose weight.
And even if you can't do weight-bearing exercise, SP has a limited mobility lifestyle section that includes articles about this subject, and links to seated workouts that let you move without hurting your knees! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/lifestyle_cen
Before starting any exercise or weight loss program, make sure you're cleared to do so FIRST by your doctor to be absolutely clear on restrictions and potential problems you need to be aware of.
The best thing is, as you lose weight, you will find that your other symptoms may improve; I suffer from arthritis, but regular exercise eases my symptoms and reduces pain and inflammation.
Check with your doctor to see if you can walk... I bet you can, but it will take time to build up. A mile may be too far for you in the beginning-- especially in bad shoes! Flip flops are not supportive at ALL -- getting fitted for proper walking shoes is imperative. It may not seem like it, but your shoes can make or break your ability to exercise. I suffered from shin splints for months before getting a proper fitting for running shoes, and couldn't run without a lot of pain. Got shoes that supported my individual foot's needs, and I could run pain-free.
Ask for a referral to a physical therapist who can build a program around your issues so that you can work on improving overall functionality.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 8/21/2013 (09:31)