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1/26/13 9:50 P

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1/26/13 6:02 P

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Welcome to the team!

I find water aerobics work for me. It takes the pressure off the knees and I can do more in the water. It's a good workout.


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1/25/13 9:31 P

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Welcome from Minnesota, Kathleen! Good luck on your journey.

Blessed be.

May I deal with honour, may I act with courage, may I achieve humility.--Dick Francis

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1/24/13 8:57 P

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Bev, what kind of mobile home do you live in that requires use of stairs? Just wondered. I have managed a mobile home park for seniors for 24 years (also used to live in one), and my DH has done maintenance and modifications on the homes for 30 years. Do you have a 2-story home, or are you just talking about the outside stairs. They can be modified (width and rise) to be less painful. You can also get a ramp, or a lift and eliminate the stairs entirely. Let me know what you are dealing with and maybe I can help?

Somebody said they were using a noodle in the pool. Great idea! I was in water therapy a few years ago, and they bent the noodles around so we could sit on them, then we did 'bicycle' exercises - riding the noodle as if it were a bike - in the pool, as well as a number of other exercises that were a great workout, and since there is no stress on the joints it is basically pain free. Chair exercises are also a great workout, without stressing the legs and knees.

Got to go set up for a meeting in the Rec Hall this evening (my Corvette Club).

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1/24/13 3:22 P
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I live in a mobile home and have to go up and down stairs, I find (sounds silly) that when I go down the stairs backwards there is less stress on my knees.

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1/24/13 2:53 P

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Hi Kathleen,

Have you spoken to your doctor about getting fitted for a knee brace(s)? Since I started wearing mine last August, the pain in my knee has dropped dramatically when I exercise.

Good luck!

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1/24/13 2:33 P

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Hi Kathleen,

I have severe osteoarthrisis in both knees and am also an avid walker. In addition, I belong to CURVES where I go three times a week (on average) to get strength and resistance training. Since there are a range of machines to use that work all of the muscle groups, you can skip one or two machines that hurt your knees, go easy on those machines, or ask the CURVES employee to help you do some modifications that won't hurt your knees. Sometimes, I participate in low intensity ZUMBA classes, too. When I get the opportunity to swim, I take advantage of that - even though my knees hurt when I kick. I like to use my hula hoop. It's fun to switch up exercises, too, by using exercise videos at home, engaging in interval wallking - walking fast for a certain amount of time, then slower for a certain amount of time, then fast again, etc. (I'm 57 years old and would like to be as active as possible for as long as possible.) Hope this helps!

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1/24/13 2:00 P

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Do you have access to a pool? I use the deep end where my feet don't touch the bottom and sit on a noodle to stay afloat. Chair exercises can give you a good workout without putting weight on your knees.

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1/24/13 1:44 P

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I am new to spark as of Jan 2013. I originally joined in 2012 but never followed through. Now after coming back am off to a great start. Also new to me is arthritis. Last summer was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis of both knees. I am only 54 an plan to be hanging around for a long time. I can walk without distress so this has been my activity of choice so what I would like to know from all of you long time sparklers who also have a Hx of arthritis what else do you do to switch it up? I mostly have pain when going up and down stairs or doing deep knee bending exercises which put a lot of weight on the joints. It seems many of the exercises are geared toward that end so just looking to see what everyone else out there is doing of recommends?? Glad to be a memberof this team. I didn't know it existed until today.

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