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10/24/13 5:26 P

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I'm with the others about swimming. That's my primary source of cardio. I have unattached knee caps bilaterally, and some torn soft tissue in my knees. I've had knee problems for 20 years, with nothing ever really making a difference. I also have 5 herniated discs in my spine, and some other various issues. I've found swimming to be mostly painless, and since I enjoy it that makes it even better. The pool I use has a zero entry which makes entrance and exit super easy.
While it's not great as cardio per say, I've also recently become some what obsessed with Pilates. Physical therapy wasn't helping my back issues, in fact only made them worse. I found a certified Pilates instructor who took the time to listen to my explanations and she has come up with a personalized work out routine for me. It is all about strengthening my core, which has in turn really strengthened my entire body. Most of my work is done laying down to better stabilize my back and knees, but after only 4 months I have noticeably more strength, stamina, and fear falling less (I used to be petrified of walking because my knees would collapse and tried to hold on to something every time I walked). As an added bonus, I've lost about 30 pounds, gone down almost 4 pants sizes, and am really feeling more body confident now. Pilates has changed so much about me. I am less hungry, I crave protein now instead of carbs, and am happier which really has changed things for me.
I take a private Pilates class twice a week, but do it on my own every day. I also swim at least half a mile 3 times a week. I'm working up to a mile. I know it's possible since I swam a mile 4 times a week before my spine surgery last year.
I wish you lots of luck in your journey. Sometimes it'll feel like nothing you do is helping and that everything is making it worse. Some days your mood will be the problem. It's taken me more than a year, but I'm starting to turn myself around. I have a really LONG way to go yet, but I know I can do it. I hope you're able to find ways to work around your physical limitations. It's so worth it in the end.

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10/24/13 4:13 P

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How about cycling or water aerobics?

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10/24/13 3:59 P

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Swimming, hand cycles

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10/24/13 1:48 P

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I have always walked as my cardio.....the past few years, I have had many foot & knee problems.First I had ITT Band Syndrome and did physical therapy for months, then I have Mortons Neuroma in one foot, so I wear a special insole in my shoe, the of course arthiritis developed in both knees and my feet, I get Cortisone shots for that....then I fell! I twisted my ankle and I`m pretty sure I cracked some bones in my other foot! This has been all within 8 years. Everytime I feel good enough to walk again, something happens! Now after the fall, I am really afraid to go walking at all....So
My question is does anyone have ideas for cardio without using my feet much, even standing.

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