The best exercise you can get is in the water if it's available to you. If they don't have a class you can do at your gym pool, buy a couple of 'noodles' and use them to do your own exercise program.
The other really viable option is chair exercises. You can find them on the PBS channel (not sure of the time), or you can buy the DVD's on line. They give you a really good workout without the stress on the feet, legs and/or back. Fran
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1GRNTHMB - Thank you for that information. I belong to a gym and I will check with them and see if they have any of those classes. I do some of the exercises that SPARKPEOPLE has for low impact and they seem to be working for me. At least it is keeping me moving. Bev
I talked with the Zumba instructor at the gym I belong to. Usually if you tell them that you have limitations, they will tell you have to modify the exercises so you can still do them. They have water Zumba which is done in a swimming pool which takes a lot of the harsh impact off the exercises and she is even beginning to teach a "chair" Zumba where you stay seated in a chair.
Have bad knees, osteoarthritis, so Zumba is out for me. I have a gym membership, but getting me to the gym is the challenge. I have all the excuses not to go. I do have to go back and use the pool for the walking. It does help my knees when I go.
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Hubby gave me Zumba for Wii for my Christmas - it's what I was wanting. I am looking forward to trying it out, as soon as I get the decluttering in the sitting room sorted enough. What I reckon is that I will try it and end up laughing - I'll probably get my exercise more from the laughing than doing the zumba. And, once I've got myself sorted, I have a friend told that we'll do this together - again, even more so, laughing will probably be one of the major calorie-burners! And once we get sorted with that, we have my friend's Abba dance Wii to play with - we've only managed it once, seated, and had the best laugh for years.
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I have the Wii, but find the Zumba to be too hard on my knees as well. After having orthoscopic surgery on my right one it just doesn't have the natural ability to twist and turn like it used to. Can't take the impact anymore either. My left one is going out now since it compensates for the right one all the time. I have looked into the Leslie Sansone videos in the past and have thought about getting them. Does anyone have anything good/bad to say about them?
I don't have a Wii, so I can't help you there. But, have you tried Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds videos?
I signed up for a Zumba Gold class, and while I loved the movement and the music, Zumba did not like my hips and knees. After the 1 hour class, I was sore for 2 or 3 days, and finally had to quit the class.
I don't have that problem with the WATP program. There are lots of videos, from the beginner's 15-minute, 1-mile workout, to a couple of advanced 5-mile, 1-hour workouts. I can do the 5-milers while wearing wrist weights! The workouts work your whole body because she includes upper body movement. But, there's no fancy footwork or dance steps. You move to the beat of the music, and that's what burns the calories & gets your heart rate up. The best part is that I'm not sore afterwards like I was with Zumba (too much twisting & dips for my hips & knees).
Check out her website, there's a beginner 1-mile workout you can see online. There might be some videos on Youtube also.
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I rented Zumba 2 and really like the slow start.. very slow start.. but even with it being so slow, my ankles screamed at me. How am I supposed to get this weight off if my ankles wont let me DO anything?? Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone have any good aerobic wii games that work with bad ankles and back?
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