I was referred to a Mat Pilates Class taken by a qualified practicing Physiotherapist. She saw my x-rays and reports and was able to steer me away from exercises which could aggravate, and give me ones to strengthen or free-up the problem areas.
I haven't been for 18 months because of family serious health issues taking up most of my time. In that time I have mostly done walking IN my own home - putting groceries and laundry away. I have a gym ball which I very occasionally sit on and get a few exercises in to help with joint mobility.
You may like to have a good look at your footwear - take yourself off to a Podiatrist because he/she will be able to see if they need adjusting to accommodate your needs. A good shoe with the right support for YOUR needs can make a huge difference. Use a specialist footwear store that uses computerization to get the right shoe for you.
Also, having your chairs at the appropriate height can/will make a huge difference. Your knee should be at right-angles to the floor, OR slightly pointing down toward the floor, to make it easier to get up. Toilet seat risers are also very good for this, too!
Do you go up/down stairs correctly? A Physiotherapist will be able to show you the correct way, which can help considerably.
I loved running and had to stop when the rheumatoid arthritis set in a couple years ago. I've started trying other things like biking, the elliptical and even swimming. I don't love them as much as I love running, but biking outdoors might come close. And it's kind of fun to swim. I'd rather be doing exercises I merely like than not exercising at all. A lot of my struggle with new activities is mental - I loves running so much and I have a hard time accepting that I probably shouldn't be running.
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I spoke with my doctor who encouraged me to continue exercise as long as I gave up running . After that, I got fitted for a very supportive knee brace which allows me to do all of the exercise that I like to do minus the running.
I also have the shoulder of an 85 year old, but I continue to do lots of exercise with weights, however, they are 3-4 pounds and not the 8-10 that they used to be.
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Get thee to a rehab therapist. I got a slew of exercises to strengthen all the little boring muscles that support the knees and hips. Really really boring exercises, but boy do they work! I used to hurt myself, rest overlong then give up, then start again. Now I know how to help myself and exercise feels amazing. You will come to love exercise, if you can manage to build slowly, and not hurt yourself.
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My Dr told me there are 2 kinds of pain and I needed to learn the difference. The first is the discomfort of muscles that haven't been used. This is ok. The second is real pain and it isn't good. It doesn't matter if I've moved wrong and hurt myself or my inflamed my arthritis, it isn't good. I've learned that if I do exercises like crunches the arthritis I my back will scream, so I have to things like reverse crunches. I have do do low impact so my knees won't complain, and if I get into certain yoga positions my ankle will tell me about it. Most of my exercise is walking, I do weights on an exercise ball and do the good old fashion floor exercises. Even remembering all that there are days when it is chair exercises. Makes exercise interesting.
I made a list of exercises that I can do and make up my own exercise programs. Lots of trial an error and reading what helps or hurts others.
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Just joined. Was surfing the web site and didn't realize that there was a team for arthritics. Seems there is a team for everything. I shouldn't be surprised. I just rejoined Spark after joining one year ago, but didn't really become active until know I am totally amazing at all the advice and support this site has to offer. Anyway, I want to become more physically active. As of know I mostly walk for my fitness. This activity does not hurt my joints at all. Most of my discomfort is knee pain which I primarily notice when going up or down stairs or getting up from a sitting position. I seems a lot of exercises involve knee bends so just looking for a little advice as to what other knee pain sufferers do for exercise??
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