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One of the frequent challenge questions we get is about the exercise portion of the challenge (www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
). These recommended workouts were designed with beginners in mind, but some people face certain restrictions due to health, injury, or mobility issues. Others are already exercising even more than the challenge recommends and not sure how to proceed.
This challenge is about getting you to take the first steps to managing diabetes and losing weight by incorporating healthy nutrition and fitness habits. SparkPeople doesn't want anyone to feel discouraged from trying the challenge because they have exercise restrictions or mobility issues.
That's why most of the videos will give you ideas to modify your workouts. But if there's any reason you can't do a certain exercise, don't feel pressured to try it. You can modify it as instructed, decrease your range of motion, use less weight (or no weights), or just skip the exercise entirely. You can also find an alternative video (www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos.asp
) or workout routine (www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_plan_
) that DOES work for you. The point is to try to get moving to the best of your ability and as approved by your doctor. As long as you are doing that, then you are on your way to completing this challenge.
If you have issues with limited mobility and need other ideas, be sure to check out the Limited Mobility LIfestyle Center
for helpful references that may help. Here are a few of the highlights.
• 4 Workouts for People with Limited Mobility
• 8 Challenging Chair Exercises
• Strength Training with a Disability
If you have other strength or cardio workouts you are already doing and want to continue with, terrific! Simply track those workouts online and you'll be covered on the fitness portion of this challenge.
Edited by: SP_COACH_TANYA at: 9/20/2012 (08:14)
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