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9/1/12 9:58 P

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emoticon this is an awesome and supportive team and an awesome site. I agree with everyone who posted, if you can find a pool, a swimming pool is your friend. If not, you should be able to find some chair exercises on this site, I know others have mentioned them. I find the nutrition and fitness trackers to be invaluable. Try to take one day at a time and remember we are all in this together!

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9/1/12 3:06 P

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Welcome! I, too, have OA but have already had 2 knee replacements before age of 57. I am in the water aerobics class at least 3 days a week and sometimes 5. Love the water but do have to be careful to not push myself too much when it comes to jumping, but there is so much more we can do in the water than we can on land and it all helps strengthen our bodies. There's also a water aerobics team.

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9/1/12 12:51 P

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Hi. Welcome to the team. I have severe OA in the knees. I also have degenerative disc disease of the spine. My suggestion is to have a orthopedist write a prescription for aquatic physical therapy. Mine did and it was heaven. The exercise that you do strength your core which strengthen the back. It is also very easy on the joints. My physical therapist use to say motion is lotion. He still does. I loved it so much, I received a scholarship to the fitness center and the pool at the Hospital for Special Care. It is up on 9/30. I don't care what I have to do, beg borrow or steal, I will pay for a membership some how. My pain went from a 8 to a 1. My right knee is bone against bone and has been for 4 years. I am only 57. Between the supartz shots and the pool I have been able to put off surgery. The Dr.'s didn't want to do it before because I was too young. Now they say anytime I am ready. If I can keep going like this, probably next year. I don't want to be too old where it will be harder to recover.

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My advice to someone with OA is that WATER is your friend. I do swimming, water walking, and water aerobics. All are gentle on the knees and other joints. If that is not possible, there are other options but these offer both exercise and therapeutic benefits.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.

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8/31/12 11:54 P

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Hoping so much for support and encouragement from my SparkPeople participants. Just starting my journey today to lose about 50+ pounds. I have severe OA in my knees (looking at knee replracement in my future) but for health reasons I am hoping for exercise ideas from some of my fellow SP participants in order to start my fitness plan. I will mostly have to do cardio from a chair as it is difficult for me to walk or stand for long periods of time so any recommendations would be very greatly appreciated.

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