Ok.......I worked with a client a few months ago that had rods due to scoliosis. Her primary goal was to be able to touch her toes, which her doctors told her she would never do after the surgery. Well, she did....and not only did she do it, she was able to hold it for more than 30 seconds!
The key here is to avoid rotational exercises of the trunk. Working the core is more difficult in people such as yourself, especially the abs. The key is to work muscle groups that requires your abs to be engaged in order to complete the exercise, like lat pull downs or even tricep presses on a cable machine.
Another low impact exercise is to sit in a chair with your butt forward and lean back, hands gripping the edges of the seat for stabilization. With bent legs, bring them up as high as you can, allowing the hip joints to flex. As you progress, you can begin to straighten out your legs to add more resistance.
The key is to work within your limitations and find ways around them.
That girl I worked with is now a runner and competed in her first 5k this past March. She also plays softball. So anything is possible with motivation and a positive attitude.
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