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2/8/10 7:59 A

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I have often wondered that myself. My family has a degenerative disease that limits mobility. So far I can still walk and exercise, but I already feel the ravages of this disease. Also have debilitating arthritis in neck, feet, and legs.

Like I said, I'm fine right now, but I wondered how someone maintains health and a healthy weight after losing mobility. I LOVE food, and I don't see my appetite lessening when the day comes that I can't kickbox anymore.

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2/3/10 7:56 P

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Hello and Welcome to the team. Limrliteshine gave you some very good advice. Also, check your PBS local TV channel. A lady does chair exercises on the station. You could do those. I wish you the best of luck,
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2/3/10 2:44 P

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Do you belong to a gym or have a park near by (for warmer weather?) . . you can get miles in just like everyone else . . I'm sure it's cardio work for you to just keep that wheelchair moving . . so you can get out and log miles just like the rest of us. Maybe work on keeping your pace up so you keep your heart rate up a bit. (Start small of course!).

Also you can do pretty much any upper body exercise from your chair . . . just get yourself a set of dumb bells and put them on a stand so they are easy to get to. Go to spark to get a great list of arm/shoulder/back exercises with dumbbells.

Are you able to get on the floor and back into the chair? If yes . . you can do any of the floor exercises listed as well. If not, then modify them by using your bed or a bench . . you can do any crunch from a bench.

Make sure to keep your leg strong too!

Take a peek through Sparks strength training lists. it'll show you how . . and I'm sure you can always ask Coach Nicole or any of the other SP Coaches if there are ways you can modify certain exercises if you're not sure how to tackle them.

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I'm so glad to hear you're healthy and ready to keep yourself going strong!

Also . .I'd look into a boxing type routine for you that you can do from your chair . . . I'm sure it's totally possible. Just use your imagination! :)

~*~*~*~* Meredith *~*~*~*~ aka: Mere

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"It's not who you are that holds you back . . . it's who you think you are not."

One day at a time . . .

You are stronger than you think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give it a shot, take that first step . . . you will surprise yourself. Then STICK WITH IT! You can only improve from where you are!


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2/3/10 2:17 P

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I am a 61 year old male. 5 years ago I lost my entire left leg to an illness. Since then I have been battling the bulge, mainly because I am in a wheel chair. I would like to get some suggestions as to some excersises that I may be able to do to concentrate on my abdomin and maybe some cardio. I am completely healthy now ,did not lose my leg to diebetes, am not on any medication. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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