Hi Grandmaw13 -- things can definitely become more difficult as we get older! Many people with arthritis find water exercises a good alternative, if that is an option for you. There are also quite a few exercise videos for "seated" workouts here (you can do a search in the box near the top of the page, or if you can't find them let me know and I'll send you some links to the exercises). Also, keep in mind that gently exercising arthritic joints can improve your mobility and lessen the pain, so don't give up altogether on using them! Start your exercise program slowly -- and you may want to consult with your doctor first -- and I think you will gradually notice an improvement in both your pain and mobility.
Best wishes on achieving your goals!
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Keep looking on the site. They have exercise that you can try. I had falling and hurt my knee couldn't walk and I did chair exercise. I also have arthritis in my knees and both shoulder and bursitis in my left hip. But I don't let it get me down I still go out abd do the best I can do. Good luck.
You are in the right place. I am 70 years old and I could not walk fast without getting breathless. Now I can walk easily. There are lots of ways to do exercises. The chair exercises and the bed exercises are great starters.
Start to do just a few and add more as you strengthen your muscles. Do just a few minutes to start with and add on a minute or two more as soon as you are able to do exercise without stiffness. HUGS Pat in Maine
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When I came home from the hospital, I still wasn't able to do anything, and when I did start doing something it was walking, and I could only get about 150 steps in, before I would collapse. Now, by HIS grace, I'm high and above that, and it's all for his Glory! You'll be able to get there. It took me a month an a half, before I felt I was strong enough to do the video exercises. I started with one that I thought was easy, and by the time I had another month under by belt, I was doing pretty good. I went from 1 exercise video to 3 or 4 that I do a day, now, along with my walking. I do believe that We're all in the same boat, and we're here to help you out, and that's just what WE'RE DOING!!!
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I am also 53 years old and have similar issues. This is a great place to be for encouragement. I was not able to walk when I started but I can now at least take almost 200 steps, which doesnt sound like much to some people but a lot for me.
I also used to drag my feet over the tub but now I can actually lift them over. It takes determination on your part and just keep working at it. I am a Grandma of 8, mother of 3.
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I am 53 yrs old have arthritis in right shoulder & left knee. I have tried anything & everything nothing works. I do have high blood pressure but with the medicine its staying under control. My problem will be exercise if there is a way I can do chair & laying on my bed exercise i'm ready please help. I can't walk too good with my knee & can't lift to reach up or out with my right arm that's why I don't really exercise.
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