I've noticed that a few of you have mentioned water exercises. I live in Schererville, Indiana (northwest Indiana near Chicago). Do any of you do your pool activities near me and would like to join me or let me join you in your group?
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I started this discussion more than a year ago and have since been looking for suitable exercises. Found a book (throw-out from the local library - cost 50 cents) written by Margaret Graham "Keep Moving, Keep Young - Gentle Yoga exercises for the Elderly" which is absolutely great! The original was published by Unwin Paperbacks in 1988, but it has been reprinted since then. I believe Amazon has some copies. The exercises ARE gentle - no way aerobic, but they do make you much more mobile. Some are done sitting in a chair (or two chairs), some can be done in bed, some standing up. I am in my eighties, still very healthy (touch wood)and I find these exercises do help to keep you moving. My son remarked last weekend "You're looking very spry!" If there is a demand, I could perhaps copy some of the exercises and send them to the Silver Sneakers. Let me know.
I just joined the team but have been reading your threads and this one really caught my eye since it so definitely applies to me. Having searched without success, I went to the Fitness board and asked for exercises for people with disabilities. A fitness pro responded and SP does have an article with seated exercises. Go to sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness and the article is called (I think) chair exercises. Great ideas here.
I have a balance problem and arthritis, so my long loved walking routine is dead; the usual machines I used to enjoy at the gym beyond my now frail body; aerobics out of the question. The chair work is great!
I've been using the Leslie Sansone walking videos and just purchased the Weight Watchers beginner one. I can't stand for that long so I have a chair and when I have to sit I do and continue to move feet, arms, whatever moves! I'm going to look at the R. Simmons chair video. I once went to an armchair aerobics class and couldn't make it through it. I was too intense, however toning it down may work for the rest of us. I can work up a light sweat even when sitting, esp with the weights.
Oh yes, please. A set of exercises for us "mature adults." I have tried walking but if I do enough to count (30 min)I am down for a couple of days. I have a cardio-glyde (need to use it). I tried that ab chair - hurts. I have some arthritis but also a scoliosis that is getting progressively worse. Don't know which one is impeding exercise the most.
Marsha This sounds like something that would work for me, Thanks for the heads up. BTW I'm new to this team and have arthritis and degenerative disk disease, so I'm pretty much desperate for these types of suggestions.
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Hi Marsha I will be 76 in june so I know what you are talking about. I have arthritis in my feet so cant walk outside.Used to love to walk. I got a "bio Master".It is a indoor bike where the handles move as well as the peddling have been doing this for yrs now and have worked up to 8 miles a day.Sometimes I take the weekend off. This might be to much for your knees I don't know.But they say exercise is good for arthritis too. Good luck Eley
I am new here and go to the YMCA for Silver Sneakers program. Check with your Insurance Company and see if they have such a plan. No getting down on the floor, just standing and sitting exercises. I went yesterday, and am going this morning. Hope you can find something. Check out Richard Simmons' chair exercises also. I do the Leslie Sansone 1 mile walk in my living room.
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I have actually just joined this team because I wanted to see if anyone else my age (almost 72) was having similar problems finding exercises suitable for those of us in this age group. Frankly, just getting down on the floor and getting back up again is a chore for my arthritic back and knees. I wonder if we, ourselves could put together a list of the exercises we find reasonably easy to do, which we could then present as a "set" to the Sparks folks? And check out http://www.strongerseniors.com.
I like that idea too.I also wish they would set up a page where you could keep track of your own calorie intake,and caloies burned. Most machines tell you how many you burn.And I always read calorie intake.It would make it so much easier. We would still have to use there info when we dont know calories etc of some things. I get so fusterated when I am trying to find something that matches the calories I have burned on my bike. Eley
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I think it would be wonderful if oneof the Sparks experts could design an exercise routine for seniors. Obviously we are no longer able to bounce around on large exercise balls and do series of push-ups, but there must be exercises such as stretches to maintain flexibility etc. suitable for us!!! Thanks a lot!
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