I have ankylosing spondylitis which affects my hips, more on my left than my right, and my lower back. I have been doing yoga, and recently bought a chair to help me with some of the exercises. The problem is that most of the chair videos I have found on YouTube relate to senior citizens, and I am a long way from being a senior citizen!
This weekend I found Gaium TV, which has a free 10-day trial. Not sure if I am going to stick with the subscription when my 10 days is up, but they have a lot of videos you can buy as DVD's. I found a Back Care Yoga program by Rodney Yee (which is also on DVD) that uses chair exercises instead of using the floor. Some days it is hard to get off the floor, and the chair made it a lot easier for me to still do the stretches. There was a lot of hip opening moves. There was also this guy, who doesn't look like a senior citizen, though I wouldn't have done the video in jeans because feels even more limiting to me. youtu.be/GQ9oHip_FdE
Just remember if you try yoga to know your limits and that you don't have to be Gumby to do it. Over time, you will get more range of motion. There were some exercises in the video I watch where he would touch the ground, so I just bent as far as I could, knowing I wasn't going to touch the ground or maybe even touch my blocks. Honestly, over doing workouts is a fear of mine also, but that is where it is important to listen to your body. I have never believed in no pain, no gain. I sometimes feel I may be under doing it, but it is better than not doing it at all. I just constantly have a dialog with myself saying, "Can I do a little more?" and if there is any pain or discomfort, I say "no" and back down or stop.
I also walk, which really helps. Moving is better than not moving for me.
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I completely understand the toilet thing! Happens to me more often than it used to. I've been wondering how to work my way up...starting at 5 minutes is a good start. I think I'll try that and see how it works.
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Fitness Minutes: (6,704) Posts: 68 11/18/13 9:33 P
Welcome aboard GoodyGurl. I too stood on my feet 8-10 hours a day when I was younger. As I got older my knees got so bad that sometimes it was even so hard to bend enough to go to the bathroom! (lol). Not sure why toilets have to be so low! Anyhow, I've been walking on a treadmill at least 3 times a week, started @ 5 mins and worked myself up to 30 minutes. Took me several months, but I'm doing it! And so can you! You want to look on SP for some of the chair exercises that strengthen your legs. I still am not able to get down on the floor to do exerices, but there are so many that you can do in a chair and they work! Sign on to SP everyday and start making it a habit and you;d be amazed how it can inspire you and keep you going! You can only go forward!
Fitness Minutes: (5,137) Posts: 90 11/18/13 12:59 P
Welcome to the team. I also used to be in retail. The long 12 to 15 hour days ruined my feet, back and my knees. But I am 64 now and really feeling it. Sparkpeople has many exercise videos for every problem you may have. And sometimes you have to work through the pain. I would never work in retail again! Good luck on your journey, and don't be afraid to ask questions.
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Hi everyone! I'm 24 with arthritis, most of the pain is in my hip on my left side-but rainy days I have issues with my knees, lower back, and right ankle, and I know that losing weight will help me ease pain and help me get off some of my medications (hopefully!). I know that a pool and a personal trainer are the best ways to get my achy body in motion but I'm also a graduate student, so I do not have the funds for that at the moment. I'm in school to help me get a job where I'm not on my feet as much. In July, my doctor finally found the source of my hip pain-deterioration that may be causing irritation to my sciatic nerve-sharp pains shooting down your leg is not fun at all (I was a retail manager before-on my feet 6 out of the 9 hours I typically worked). I'm extremely worried about over doing workouts and harming myself more than helping so for now, I'll be going on walks and hoping that helps until more can be done. I'm excited about the support offered on this page!
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