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1/28/11 7:54 A

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Take a look at the spark videos. You may not be able to do a whole segment, but it may help you find a few exercises that you can do. After two years, I still can't do everything in the video, but I like the 15-Minute Desk Workout
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It demonstrates two kinds of wall push-ups.
For other free videos, scroll up and run your mouse over the HEALTHY LIFESTYLES tab. Click on videos.

About your feet, I have had problems with that in the past. A few things that helped me: keep the swelling down by following a low sodium diet and drinking plenty of water. Massage the tender areas with an ice cube. and do this exercise as tolerated, increasing as you get better:
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It doesn't say it is for feet, but my PT recommended it for strengthening the arch & foot.

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1/27/11 8:45 P

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I agree with Diane. You should first check with you doctor and see what she suggest when it come to your health issues. But, so you know to get started start at the home page it it will walk you though.

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1/27/11 8:11 P

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My thought is to ask your doctor for a referral to a physical therapist who will show you exercises that won't hurt your neck or make your fibromyalgia flare.

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1/27/11 7:03 P

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A good place to start is the sparkpeople search engine! Type in exercises for the physically challenged and you will find valuable info there.

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Hi there, I'm recently a Weight Watchers drop-out (too expensive) and decided to use SparkPeople to keep me on track, help with exercise, etc. I have the usual obstacles: work full time, then do most of the at-home work too, have kids to take care of, run errands, etc. I also have fibromyalgia, neck problems, and recently plantar fascitis/heel spurs. Exercise is a challenge not just for time reasons, but also I need to find exercises that strengthen weak areas but don't exacerbate the physical issues I have, some of which will be reduced or eliminated with improved fitness. I work long hours at a job that is SLOW and with very little to do, so I can potentially do some exercises at work, as long as I don't get really sweaty or have to lie down on the floor to do them. Diet isn't as much of an issue for me, I find meal planning and smart shopping easier to do and I'm rarely prone to binging, emotional eating, etc. I am tired of looking like I do, want to set a good example for my children, and want to prove to my husband that I can "win" the weight-loss race (he's trying to lose, also and is very competetive). I'm hoping the message boards and advice from other can help me overcome these and other obstacles that are in my way to success. Thank you!

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