I love this 10 exercise cardio. I work at home and I can do each one for 1 minute and get 10 min of exercise. This warms me up and allows me to keep the furnance off during the day. It also gets the blood moving and I get more done than sitting on my butt all the time. It is so handy to have the video right next to the exercise, It makes it much more user friendly. Thank you!
It is such a helpful post! Thank you so much SP! This is exactly what I need, I can do all of these, and they can be done in various combinations that makes the workout better. I will squeeze them in whenever I can.
10/8/2013 10:22:42 AM
First a big compliment to SP for showing the videos right next to the exercises. Too many times these are available only by clicking a link, and after two or three, I get tired of the process.
Second, I feel sorry for all the nay-sayers. Yes there are a few among us with chronic joint problems that cannot be fixed, but as several people noted, IF you slowly build the muscles, and IF you continue these exercises over a long period of time, you can give muscular support to the joints that need it, especially knees, ankles and hips. Losing some pounds helps, too! I know several people in my age group (over 65) who started with very limited mobility and chair exercises, who are now walking several miles a day.
Also, I recommend that those with joint pain look into stretching exercises, especially those recommended by Pete Egoscue or right here on SP. Many times pain around the knee and hip joints is actually caused by tight muscles that are pulling on the joint. In the case of the knee joint, especially the quadriceps, the ham strings and the IT band. SP just had an article the other day on using a foam roller to release the IT band.
My SO has progressed from sitting down after half a dance because of knee pain to dancing for several hours! This has been a 2-year process. But here we are -- dancing several times a week and taking ballroom dance lessons. BTW, he is 74 and I am 73,
About a week ago I started walking/jogging in place as I fix my hair in the morning. The workout is between 12 and 15 minutes every morning. Can't believe it never dawned on me before to to this! And with winter comin' on, it warms ya up nicely!
I like this article. Good ideas all in one place and I like the way it shows the movements as you scroll through the article. Thanks!
7/11/2013 8:59:38 AM
I think these are great ideas, I do most of them almost every day. I am almost 57, and at one time I would have said "no, I can't do these; they might make my knees hurt!" BUT, that was over 30 pounds and miles of walking ago. Building up the muscles around the joints strengthens them, and you have less pain. I can do several sets of squats and lunges now, almost every day, with no real "pain". If you build the repetitions slowly, and make sure to have PROPER FORM, most people can do it. Oh, and I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 16.
I have bad arthritis and I am able to exercise a lot...I am very active. Sure, some of these might be hard on the joints but modifications are possible. For those who can't walk in the winter...why? I do, nearly every day. In the winter when it is so hot and humid...I walk anyway. In the summer I swim too. I have an exercise bike I use (on my doctor's recommendation, he said it is good for my knees, just don't go crazy with it). I do modified jumping jacks, knee lifts, etc. My doc mentioned 12 years ago that I was within a couple of years of knee surgery but so far I have been able to avoid it even with a lot of exercise.
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