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11/29/14 7:58 P

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Wendi and Emma, thanks for the welcome and pointing me to my welcome letter. I'm really ready to get started on some kind of exercises. I know the surgeon will not want me starting anything too exerting when I see him next week.

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emoticon If you check your welcome Sparkmail you will see links to the resources - and there are many chair exercise videos available on the Chair Exercise YouTube Channel. Please make yourself at home and jump into the chat and challenges.

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Hi Sherrey from Oregon.....lovely state. Almost moved there once but since all the family is here in CA, didn't......Was a good choice at the time.....now with the drought? Not so sure.....HeeHee!
I really enjoy the chair exercises.......do at least one daily.......and Emmabe is especially good at responding to you if you have questions......It's a good team......Welcome back!

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11/29/14 1:43 P

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Hello from Oregon! I'm Sherrey and new to the team. I'm not so new to Spark having been around a few years ago (as Grits46), but I have some health issues in need of improvement and I want to become more fit and feel good about myself. Saw the chair exercise and since I do have some balance issues and arthritis, I thought it might be a good fit.

Look forward to meeting and supporting each other.

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COLORADOPIXIE4 emoticon if you read your Welcome Sparkmail you got when you joined the team you will find a lot of links to exercise resources - most of them are chair exercises and you need to find the ones suitable for your mobility level - our chair exercise channel on YouTube has play lists all labelled according to difficulty levels.
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11/26/14 12:28 P

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I'm sort of new....a month....I really enjoy the many chair exercises that Emmabe has posted links to. I have bad, bad knees so am limited in what I can do and these work very well for me. Hope you find many you can use. This is a great team....very supportive! Welcome!!!

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11/26/14 10:22 A

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Hi. I am new to the team. I am looking to get healthy, but need help finding exercises I can actually do. Any advice would be great.

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I'll bear that in mind!

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You should live in sunny CA.....Lots of places to bike ride and the weather usually cooperates....(unfortunately at times)

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11/24/14 6:01 P

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This is a virtual "kick up the ...........!!"
Enjoy the emoticon

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11/24/14 5:27 P

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Thanks for the welcome. I don't use the bike as often as I should. Need to get back on it again definitely for local trips.

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emoticon yet again!! emoticon
You know your way round so please make yourself at home - we have challenges, a weigh in thread that will run over the holidays for accountability and a chat thread.
Chair exercise could be useful if you get a bad winter - but I hope you still use that bicycle!!

Edited by: EMMABE1 at: 11/24/2014 (16:41)
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I'm that bad penny, which keeps coming back. This time I hope to do better, keep up with daily challenges, and get back to where I was this time last year. I'm from the UK, and although can do other exercises and not just chair ones, the chair exercises are also great and can be as challenging.

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Many members in the team have fibro and find chair exercise can be very doable!! If you check your welcome email you got when you joined the team you will find liks to all our resources - we have a large selection of chair exercise videos on the Youtube Chair exercise channel that will give you lots of ideas.
Feel free to jump in to the chat thread and the challenges - and make friends to encourage and support you.
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emoticon from Colorado Springs! I am here because I have fibromyalgia. Some days I don't get exercise in. This seems like a great opportunity to do something and have support at the same time.


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I hate to tell you but unless you have joined that team goal and you fill in the number of steps you record every day - in the little box that you get to by going to "other goals" in the My Trackers drop down menu - it won't be added to the team goals!!

Remember Wendi - I had to learn once - aeons ago!! emoticon

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EMMABE1. I did have to move my Wi-Fi dongle to the front of my tower in order for the Sparkpeople dongle to work. This was suggested by a computer whiz guy I know......not my idea, for sure! You "techie" types are worshipped by people like me.....HeeHee! I have an auxiliary port that would not support both the Wi-Fi and the Dongle (I guess). Anyway, I found another site where I can have some of my activities logged so hopefully, they will sync over to this group so that you can count them. This exercise is certainly confounding me and much more difficult than I had anticipated.....:( You, Emmabe1, have been super in helping me....Thank You!!!

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I had a lightbulb moment!!
I suddenly thought - have you any other dongles sinced to your computer?? (keyboard, mouse, smartphone???) If so its possible one of them is clashing with the wi-fi waves from your tracker. There are millions of things that send out signels that are found in the normal house - and it only takes onme to cut accross the waves from somerthing else and tracking stops (hence the red dongle light)
To locate which one it could be is hard - maybe start by unplugging any other dongles except the Spark one (wi-fi dongles) in your computer and see if that fixes it - if so plug them back one at a time and see which oine causes problems.
Then try swapping the problem dongle top another USB socket - it will take you time to do this fully - as you need to leave the computer to recognise the changed situation between each change.
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The way Sparks says to wear it is:
The shoe is going to be the most accurate place for wearing the Spark. Below are some tips for placement that you may find helpful:

- If you wear on your shoe, make sure it is flat on your laces and parallel to ground with the open end of the clip pointing towards the toe. Also make sure it is firmly clipped and not flopping around - we find its best to try to get it through at least 2-3 laces (which really snugs it down).

-If wearing on your bra, try with clip to the skin and the tracker to the outside. If that doesn’t work, try wearing it on the cross strap (not the shoulder strap) towards the side of the body near the underarm. We have seen this give better results for some body types as it helps to hold the tracker securely to the body. But we would still recommend trying it on the shoe or waist first if possible.

- If you wear on your waist, make sure the open end of the clip is pointing towards the ground. Also try to wear as close the outside of your hip as possible.


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EMMABE1....I'm not sure how to reply to this. I'm still trying to make mine work but I'm just not sure it is. The dongle did stay green all day yesterday and I was not able to do my exercises. I will try to do it all today. I just want to be sure the thing works ,but from what you say, it is very unreliable? I definitely want my minor readings to be added to the team goals....how can I know if they are? I keep my tracker on my bra so the steps should be registering.



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Ther chances are that its not just you!! Today my Spark gave me just over 900 steps - but my Fitbit that I know is very nearly correct - gave me over 2100 steps!! I have reported and reported this - but in the end was told its probably the way you wealk and its not picking up every step!! No Kidding??!!!!!!!

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Hi,
I rejoined this team yesterday (i think) and rejoined SP last week after being more active here around 18 months ago. I'm from Australia and have a lot of weight to lose ... (hmm I don't want it back though!). I've done some of the chair exercises here before and they were a great encouragement to me; also doing some walking for exercise and trying to build up slowly (last time I went too fast resulting in a bunch of injuries). Glad to be here again; and thankful for all the time and help I know the team leaders here provide

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Thanks, Emmabe.......Maybe it isn't just me....:(

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I guess this is the Spark tracker?? Assuming that - you are best going back to the Sparks Tech team - there may be a fault in yours.
You can return them for a refund in the first 2 weeks.
I had a thoiught - is the dongle plugged directly into a USB socket in your computer? If its in an adapter or splitter - it probably wont work - I had to chage all my USB things about to plug mine in direct but the dongle works now - the bit on me only picks up some of my steps!! LOL!!

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HI EMMABE......Not only am I new, but I'm having a heck of a time coordinating my tracker and the goals. First of all, my dongle only works sometimes.....I was working with the "help" staff to fix this and thought I had, but today I did 20 minutes of aerobic chair exercises and nothing has shown up. When I checked the dongle, it had no color and none of my steps or calories, etc. have posted. I have also satisfied all my goals for the last three days and nothing has registered. Has anyone else had this problem? I am definitely NOT techie so any non-techie help is appreciated......Thank you. I am trying to be a responsible member of this group!!!

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You will find many exercises in the resources of this team - check the links on your Welcome to Chair exercise team Sparkmail - many of us have osteoarthitis in our knees and find that exercising does help. Check out the playlist in the Chair Exercise Video channel on knee strengthening exercises.
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There are many other exercise videos there that will help too

Unfortunately when we are unwell for a time and we neglect exercise our muscles suffer very quickly and then it takes a very long time to get back the same level of mobility again.

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I'm pretty much like you, Peggy. only a bit older....76. I do have Osteoarthritis of the knees and so I'm relegated to using the chair. I am just joining this team to see if it will get me going again. Have been ill for a couple of months and not doing my exercises like I should. I am so thankful for the SparkPeople sites.....they really help me, a lot!

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I am Peggy & from Colorado. I am 67 years old & have osteoarthritis in both knees so I am in pain most of the time. I will be retiring the last of Oct. since I can barely do my job any longer. It is hard doing most exercises. I have a cat & dog to keep me company since my husband passed away from cancer July 3, 2013.

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Hi Team,
this is Marie joining you.
I'm so glad I found this team emoticon

Being on Spark for quite a while I often thought that doing exercise was something that I could accomplish through will-power and training. But I have to admit, that due to some back issues (scoliosis) in combination with being overweight sometimes I am almost unable to move at all, even getting up from a chair can be a major challenge.

I am very grateful for all the resources you have compiled!

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I know, thank you.

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You know where to find the resources and where to find ther exercises. I am sure you can help both of you by using them.

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REJOINING, OLD MEMBER

Hi, I'm Vicki and I'm 58 years old. Salt has always been hard for me to cut back on but due to my husbands severely damaged heart he has to cut back to no more than 2000 grams a day and 1200 calories a day. So I'm following the same plan he's doing to make it easier on both of us. Right now our goals are to eat in a much healthier fashion and to lose 60 lbs over the next 12 months.
Due to hubby's health he can't do a lot of walking but can do some chair exercises so I'm hoping this team will help me and I can help him more to get stronger and healthier.

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Hi Everyone,
My name is Mehgan and I live in Minnesota(or in a few months it will be MinneSNOWta), its a beautiful sunny 70 degree day here and the beginning of Minnesota Vikings football season.
I just received my lab results and my blood sugar is high so I need to get more labs to check for diabetes. It is not a shock to me, but it shook me enough to really think about getting serious about my weight NOW, today, this minute. I have been on SparkPeople for a while and love it but have not had any consistency with weight loss. I have not gained any weight for over a year and that is a plus for me, so I still have lost the 20 pounds I lost over a year ago.
I have been making small changes and better food choices. My work schedule tends to be my sabotage, so I am going to work on some basic meal planning especially for the work days that make healthy eating harder for me.
I am 40 years old, divorced for 7 years and no regrets there but am still learning to accept myself and treat myself kindly. My self worth defnitely led to the kind of men I dated/marry, that was a tough realization I had this year, but definitely a needed one. I have no children but I have 3 awesome cats. :)
Feel free to add me as a SparkFriend, I definitely need the encouragement and support. And will provide that back to you too of course!
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Hi Everyone emoticon - I've been a SP member for years but just found this team. I read through most of the new member posts and was touched by how many of us struggle with chronic pain and conditions that prevent us from exercising in the "usual" ways. I have been very blessed in my life because I've survived a couple of life-threatening events but my issue now is severe arthritis in my hips. emoticon

In 2011, I feel flat on my back while washing my tile floor. It felt like my whole body just exploded when I hit that tile. My left arm was under me and so that wrist was broken. It was about 3 months after that fall that I started noticing more and more pain in my right hip. I have since read that having a traumatic injury can cause arthritis to set in very quickly, and I really believe that's exactly what happened to me. My right hip gives me horrific pain and I get sciatic nerve flare ups that make the pain excruciating at times. I was told that exercise is good in moderation by both my primary physician and the orthopedic doctor. However, they added the "don't overdo it" and the "stop as soon as you feel any pain" clauses. I was also told by the orthopedic doc not to do anything that required twisting. That doesn't leave much in the way of exercises emoticon I am, again, blessed because I have access to a couple of great walking pools and I do get in and do 30-45 minutes of water walking 2-3 times each week. Living in Arizona, I can use the outdoor pools during most the fall months but I need to find some other way to get exercise when it's too cold for the pool. I use aqua weights in the pool too so that gives my arms a workout. Chair exercise sounds like it might be a great option for me and a way for me to get even more exercise. I hope, with the help of the Lord, to get a hip replacement in 2015 because I'm just tired of being in pain all the time. I've gotten 2 flouro-guided hip injections, which are very painful and have to be done at the hospital, but they are just a "band aid" and not a permanent fix. The first injection gave me relief that lasted almost 6 months. I got a second injection on Aug 1st and it took three weeks to even start giving me any relief. I am doing fairly well right now but after water walking, shopping, house cleaning, etc I start feeling some pain and discomfort.

In closing - and I've been very long-winded emoticon - I will keep all of you in my prayers and I look forward to any exercise tips you can share. emoticon

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I joined awhile back, but I think I may have forgotten to introduce myself. I'm Rhonda. I was exercising on my feet pretty well until last December. Long story short I was diagnosed with Stage II Osteoarthritis. Last week I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and I've had MS for many years. I hear really good things about this team.
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You will find links to many Chair Exercise Resources in the Welcome to CE team Sparkmail you got when you joined the team -
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Just joined the team after seeing the AWESOME August newsletter. I'm becoming more and more limited in my mobility after a few battles with cancer, and apparently another on the way. Having seated exercises that I can do safely is exactly what I need to keep me going!

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My name is Carol or better known as CJ from OK, I have been here before and decided to rejoin, I'm looking forward to the South African Trek in January. I have limited computer time so will try to post as often as I can.

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You should find suitable workouts by using the links in your Welcome Sparkmail that you got when joining the team. There are many varied chair exercises that should keep you fit during your recovery.



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emoticon well hi everyone my name is Angela. Now I have to start workout a little different now since I am having surgery on my foot.


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emoticon all new members - we hope you will make yourselves at home and join in the challenges and chat thread!! There is a lot going on in this team, and you will find other members with similar physical problems to you.

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Hi everyone. I'm Vickey and I'm a 56 year old wife, mother and grandmother. I'm not new to this team but I have not been active in over a year so I figured it would be good to reintroduce myself. I recently spent a week in the hospital that has made me reevaluate my life and what I need to do to get and stay healthy. I have degenerative joint disease, severe osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, thoracic outlet syndrome, neuropathy, diabetes, high blood pressure and now have gastritis and ulcerative lesions in my stomach resulting from h-pylori and stress which all give me more than enough reasons to get my health back on track. Because of the recent problems with my stomach I am off all my anti-inflammatory meds so my joints and muscles are giving me a really rough time making moving even harder although I'm pushing myself to do so.

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Hi, I'm Janet, age 70, 4'8+, and retired...I've been using SparkPeople much of the time since 2006, but not consistently until the last six months or so. I have severe arthritis, plus limitations with my arms due to a bilateral mastectomy and lymphedema associated with breast cancer (5 years ago). I decided a few years ago to stop telling myself I can't do any exercise and just figure out what I can do and do it. I use a couple of chair exercise videos (one here at SP and one called "Chair Dancing Through the Ages"), or I just move to music while seated for about 12 minutes a day. I also try to do 5-7 minutes on a rebounder a few times a week to include something that is weight-bearing.

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Hello and welcome to our very supportive team Chair Exercise ... we have challenges to help you to get moving, chat where you can meet the team and have a chat….. We have challenges to help you to get moving, brain teasers to keep your mind moving, enjoy your journey with us to health, happiness and feeling great
You have made the right choice to become a part of our team and from my experience I can say that you will be greatly be benefited here. Help in the form of our leaders.
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Hi everyone, Karen here, new to the team. Recovering from heart attack last fall and double foot surgery. So much weight put on from depression and non-movement. Dr given me permission to start working on it now that we've stabilized the BP (yay!) I tried walking, but it was too much too soon and our weather has been so uncooperative so I got an indoor bicycle then found SP and Coach Nichole's chair exercises. Slow going and I get discouraged, still not understanding my eating frenzies, but am in this for the long haul!

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Wishing you all the best, Jan! Welcome to the team - and good luck!!!

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we have a Youtube video channel with lots of chair exercise videos and some bed exercises also - so you should have no trouble exercising while you are recovering.
Also on my web site are some exercises you can do in bed and chair ones too - that you can print off and follow.
The links for the Youtube channel and the printed exercises are on the Welcome Sparkmail you received when you joined the team - if you have any trouble finding anything please ask.
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Hi my name is Jan. I have been waiting so long (three years) for surgery on my left foot for torn tendons and ligaments that I have blown out my right foot. Uneven gait caused arthritis etc to destroy my foot. My right foot is now so bad it could not support me if they did my left foot first. anyway I am going in on June 23rd to have bone taken from hip to rebuild right ankle, leg muscle cut to release tension on one side of foot and pins put in toes to fix the way they lie. Looking at roughly six weeks of bed rest with absolutely no weight put on foot, then a few months of slowing building up the foot. When that is done I will go back on surgery weight list to correct the left foot. Will need chair exercises for quite a while if I do not want to gain back the weight I have lost to make recovery easier. Happy to finally start on road to recovery. emoticon

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Hi, all! I'm a returning member to the team. I had to take time off SP for a while because I was taking care of my mother (who passed away in February). It was more than a full time job!

I'm now working on "finding out who I am!" I am no longer the care giver or the daughter - I am ME - but who am I???

I've been using several chair exercises as my own healthy drastically declined as I ignored it to take care of my mother.

I look forward to interacting with each and every one of you!
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Karen - I think you wwill manage to follow he videos as they are demonstrated - so all you need do is follow the movement!!

Angela - you will find a number of exercises for variuos mobility levels in both the Chair exercise video channel - click the team picture on the main team page - and the Exercise resources thread - I am sure you weill find something suitable

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Hello my name is Angela. I am new to the group. I am living with many chronic illnesses that have me presently seeking chair exercising. I am overweight and would like to lose some more weight. I have been losing recently. I have to say, that I have been with Spark People for a while now and I look forward to meeting the rest of you.




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Hi - I was cleared by my doctor. And spent a couple stints in a nursing home and had therapy then. Most of what I am doing is a variant of what they had me do. Don't have speakers on the computer right now so I am not sure how well I will be able to do videos but, I will check them out. Thank you very much.

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emoticon Karen - Its good you are starting to exercise - and consistency is important. Has your Doctor given you clearence to exercise?? You need to check with him what you can do.
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In the Chair Exercise Youtube channel - you can get to it byclicking on the team picture on the main team page - there are two playlists that might help you
Obesity beginner workouts

and Suitable for very mobility limited and pain ridden people

You can use the search facility in the CE Youtube channel to find them

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Hi - I have been on SP for a while but not active. An extended illness has left me basically bed bound at this point. I am trying to work myself to the point I can get in the wheelchair at least. It is a bit of a hurdle to over come right now. I have started exercising more consistently than I had. I have been trying to find lower body exercised that I can do & as I find them I add them into my routine. Tonight I was finally brave enough to try the stepper that sits on the floor & I can do seated. It did not got to bad. My right knee is a lot weaker than the right & painful. I have to be careful I do not push to hard. I have also added in the arm cycle & do a variety of exercises with elastic bands and hand weights. I am truly struggling trying to get my eating under control though. Right now I am probably the heaviest one in the group -I am probably around 350 pounds-cannot stand to weigh myself so I don't know for sure. I don't leave the house & it is just my husband & myself (well & our cats) - I love and adore him and he has taken the best care of me. But, I do get lonely at times which makes everything harder.

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It seems that knees get stiff easily especially if rested - its rather like movement greases the joints - so you might find it easier to move them gently. You will find lots of ideas for chair exercise for many mobility levels in the Chair Exercise YouTube channel - click on the team picture on the main team page or refer to the links in the Welcome Sparkmail you received when you joined the team
Please feel free to jump into the Chat and other interative threads in the team and make new friends

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Hi, I just found this ite and look forward to trying the arm chair exercises. I have Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid & Osteo arthritis and have lots of problems with both knees. Up till a month ago I was able to go to the gym and do a Silver Sneakers class a couple times a week. Then my knees both started to hurt after we went on vacation. I was in the car for hours and when we got back it seemed like my knees were sore. After resting them for a couple weeks and 2 cortisone shots they're not better. So going to see Orthopedic dr as soon as possible. But the inactivity is driving me crazy. So I started looking for exercises I can do from my chair or a stability ball.

I look forward to meeting all of you.

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Please check out the WElcome Sparkmail that you got when you joined the team - in it you will find links to all the team resources and I hope from those and by joining in the many interactive threads in the team you will find lots of motivation

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emoticon emoticon Hi everyone my name is Dee from Florida, I have some limitations due to a stroke 2013 and I have PAD....the chair exercises so far are the best. I need some motivation some days because I get tired of not being able to move the way I want to.

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emoticon to you all - its good to see you in the team - you will find links to all our chair exercise resources in the welcome sparkmail you got when you joined the team
Please make yourselves at home and jump in to the challenges and chat thread - we have a number of interactive threads that you can join -all various subjects.
If you have been sedentary please see your doctor before starting an exercise program for your own safety and remember to start off gently - you can always increase intensity as your body is ready for it.

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I have limited mobility due to the need for knee surgery which they will not consider until I lose 100 pounds, so that is why I am here. I am a retired teacher, 66 years old with 2 children and 5 grandchildren. I used to enjoy hiking and horseback riding, but I cannot do either one.

goal is to be able to walk again
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Hi, I'm Chandler. I've been sedentary for a while, so I enjoy the chair exercises on this page. I also found two chair yoga videos that I really enjoy. Don't know what else to say. Nice to meet you all!

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Not really new, just returning. I left all of my teams to concentrate on ending the BLC round. I am not joining the next round of BLC because I am scheduled for the knee surgery at the end of May. I haven't been exercising ad need to get back to doing something consistently. So, back in the fold.

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Hi, just discovered chair workouts today and was recommended to join this team by a spark friend. I lost 20 kg 2 years ago and then gained almost all of it back.. so, back again to do it the right way this time.
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Joan - I'll send it to your Sparkmail now

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Hi - Is it possible to get the welcome letter again ? I don't remember seeing it ? Could be just me ..... but I would like those links please. Thanks

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Nice to see you in the team - If you check out the welcome Sparkmail you got on joining the team you will find links to the Chair Exercise resources - including a Youtube channel with lots of chair exercise videos for people of various mobility levels that you can access by clicking on the team picture on the main tem page, and a thread with lots of links to various forms of Chair exercise, free and to buy - lots of choice.
Please feel free to jumpinto the chat and challnges threads and make yourself at home as wellas making new friends




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Hi everyone!
Just rejoined SP after being away for a few months during which I put on more than a few pounds. emoticon
Been doing chair yoga with a DVD I borrowed from the library. Can't do a lot due to limited mobility but realize I need to do something to get back some muscle tone. emoticon
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Hi - just checking in. I wrote my recumbent bike for 20 min. today and will look through the videos tomorrow if I can find them.

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Hi Joan
Good to see you here. Thereare many chair exercise videos in the chair exercise Youtube channel - click on the team picture on the main team page - they are for all levels of mobility - even some you can do in bed.
You will need to find exercises that are suitable for you according to your doctors instructions - and you may find it easier to mdo some exercise twice in a day - doing a bit less each time - than doing it all in one go and getting tired and sore.
The Chair Exercises Resources thread also has many links and ideas of places that you can find chair exercise - scroll down to read them all.
REmember its not necessary to work hard especialy when you start - many of the more gentle exercises will do just as much good for you!!

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Hi - I'm new to this team. I'm on another one but I have become disabled since originally joining and I can no longer exercise how I used to. I've been trying some of the chair exercises and find it hard to do some of them, so I've just been doing the best I can.

I look forward to meeting everyone. Thanks Ann for the warm welcome. emoticon

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On behalf on Emmabe1 and myself Millymouse 1 we welcome our new members on our absence. Looking forward to see you join in our challenges, have a say in the chat. We are always open to suggestions so feel free to shout out.

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Welcome back njnana and Vicki emoticon

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I rejoined too as I'm just not able to do the exercises like I used to be able to.

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I joined a while back.... don't know when but I came across this for a friend. She liked it. Now I have another Friend that needs to do chair exercise and support, so hopeing she will come here.
I have been with Sparks since 07
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I am on a few things, FB/ NS/ SP
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Hello New members, we are happy to have you!

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Hello! emoticon I'm JudyeRae, four months with SparkPeople but brand new to this team. I am using chair exercising to ease me back into exercise.

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WELCOME I_AM_A_BLESSING and WENDYJM4

So glad you're joining us!

Take a look around and let me or PITTER6 know if you have any questions!

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due to many different health and balance issues..sometimes chair exercising is all I can do. Glad to have this team..look forwarding to sharing the journey together

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hi new to this team although I have been a member of Sparks for about 3 1/2 years. As I have a number of medical issues and sometimes do not feel well enough to exercise standing up, I feel this team will help me when this happens and I will be more inspired to sit down to exercise.

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emoticon BABCIATEA. By exercising, little by little, our muscles get stronger. I had a knee injury that left my left knee with a lot of pain and completely weak. Little by little, I have been strengthen my knee and the pain is almost gone.

emoticon LINDA_COTY2000. I wish that you find what you are looking for in this team. There are so many articles and chair exercises that I hope will help you. Just don't give up.


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emoticon I understand the weak legs. I have trouble standing for any amount of time. By doing the chair exercises and some bed movements, my legs are stronger. It takes time, but they do get stronger. We are with you!!!
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