I experience this exact thing. I have arthritis in my lower spine, scoliosis and suffer from fatigue as well. Being active is still important, and for me it wasn't so much about weight loss, but rather slowing down the progression of these conditions.
I was referred to a Physiotherapist who is also a qualified Pilates Instructor who takes small classes. Using x-rays and physical examination she was able to come up with appropriate exercises for me that were safe. She was also able to steer me away from ones which could cause harm, and give me either an alternative way of doing it, or a different exercise altogether. I believe it is really important, particularly at the beginning, to get this 'hands on' help because often people are doing exercises, thinking they are doing good, but they are doing it incorrectly which could mean they aren't actually working the muscles at best, or causing harm at worst. It is not uncommon for the position to be out by a mere inch - the difference between helpful and harm. The Pilates is great because it focuses on the core muscles (deep abdominal and lower back), but also works all other muscles. This helps a lot with the pain issue. Another thing that helped immensely was changing my shoes. I now wear a really good quality shoe, mostly leather, properly fitted and with a good arch support. I also don't wear any shoe which has a totally flat sole, but rather a shoe with about an inch heel that is the full width of the back of the shoe.
The bulk of my exercise now is walking, in my own home. I put my laundry and groceries away one at a time. The beauty of this is that when the pain sets in I can sit down without having to walk anywhere; I don't have jolting/jarring on my joints which aggravates pain; and I don't have to worry about the weather or allergens (asthma and allergies).
As far as the weight loss is concerned, I lost my weight basically through nutrition. Another plus is that I had a very high Cholesterol level (except a very low HDL) even tho' I was on meds for it, and was also borderline pre-diabetic. After I had lost the majority of the weight, my bloods all came back perfectly normal, except the HDL is still a weeny bit too low.
My suggestion to you is to talk with your Dr and ask for a referral to a Registered Physiotherapist and take it from there.
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