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10/4/07 9:44 P

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Yes, we just picked up a pair of resistance bands and light 3 pound neoprene dumb bells.

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10/4/07 7:10 P

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how about using some resistance bands. that may be easily adapable for the immobile.

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10/4/07 10:11 A

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Unfortunately, water options are very limited for this person as there aren't funds for gym membership.

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10/4/07 10:01 A

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Water aerobics are great for the overweight. They can exercise without harming their joints.

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10/3/07 11:46 P

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HI all,

A person of that size cannot do weight bearing exercises. They will hurt themselves, their bones are having a hard enough time carrying that weight, let alone trying to exercise. AQUA AEROBICS.......I think that is how they should start, you'll be amazed how much you can sweat in the water.
Please have them check with an MD first and they will set them up with a program with a physical therapist, maybe nutritionist...Morbid obesity kills, I see it every week.


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10/3/07 10:59 P

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Yes found their website and ordered a video from them.

http://www.sitandbefit.org/

Thanks to all for your help and ideas!!

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10/3/07 4:47 P

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there used to be a TV program on called Sit and Be Fit. I think you can order similar videos from Collegevideo.com
they have a huge selection of videos of a wide variety.

good luck

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1. Check w/ the physician to see if it's safe for her to exercise. 2. Check w/ your local hospitals to see if they have a barriatric program and can offer anything to you.

A good physician will give you a RX for a membership to the Y. Hopefully, the insurance co. will take care of it. It may take a letter from the doctor.

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There are some Exercises called Callanetics. They were big in the late 80's and 90's. Originally they were designed specifically for handicapped persons. They would be ideal as they are a series of muscle isolation exercises. www.callanetics.com can give you more info.

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8/28/07 7:54 A

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Here are some sites that may help you

http://www.yogamag.net/archives/1997/5se
p97/obesity.shtml

http://www.sciatica.org/yoga.html

this site has sitting and laying down poses
http://yoga.about.com/od/yogaposes/a/beg
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8/28/07 7:39 A

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I did some reading up and light begining yoga tapes may help. It won't help with loosing weight but will help with the osteoarthritis. It will help her gain strength and flexability, and if she goes on an eating plan such as sp or ww when she looses some weight she will be in better shape.
You would rent the tapes first because most would be to advanced. She needs to start with yoga in a chair..than go to the floor...than standing. The band idea is good also.
Please make sure her Dr. gives permission first.

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8/27/07 11:11 P

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there is also band exercises,chair exercises...........some of these may have to be modified,but doable and not too stressful on joints etc...........
sparkpeople have exercises here too......i think i saw one for office people that might work as well..........good luck in your search.........lita


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8/27/07 10:49 P

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I wonder if you can get them into like a kiddie pool? I have a not even 2 foot deep kiddie but it's big enough that both my husband and I can sit down in it and my 3 year old has enough room to play around. Sometimes she'll play at one end and I'll sit at the other end and take my legs underwater and put my legs out straight and then take my feet and try to put them far out to the edges and then bring my feet back together again. It's not 'hard' because it's in water and I'm sitting. So no stress on my joints. Only thing is with arthritis you'll want to try to put warm water in the pool. Of course this may not work for you, but may at least help someone else out there.

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8/27/07 10:43 P

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Walking is not an option at this poiht...the PT idea is one I've suggested...will keep pushing this, thx!

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As a massage therapist myself, I would try and find a LICENSED massage therapist or physical therapist who specializes in range of motion exercises who can have a few sessions show you how to help your friend do the range of motion excercises. There are three things great about them. 1. They get the blood flowing to the area which promotes healing 2. it helps increase mobility 3. it gets the muscles working and when you can do the range of motion with resistance it burns some calories and builds muscles which is great!

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The very first thing she needs to do is go to her physician and see if she is able to exercis.
Can she walk? Even if it is just a block at first.
She may also want to check with her heath insurance company if they will help with the cost of the gym for the pool.


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8/27/07 10:32 P

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Hello All!

I am asking for assistance, suggestions that anyone might have for a person I know who is morbidly obese with extreme osteoarthritis. She is looking to start increasing her activity level but is so VERY limited in her range of motion that I am truly stumped as to what to recommend to her. The only cardio I can think of would be water-aerobics, however funds for access to a handicapped accessible swimming pool just aren't there. So it seems like strength-building would be the place to start. However I cannot think of anything to recommend.

Any suggestions out there? All ideas, recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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