I also have "bone-on-bone" knees and have been told by the orthopedic surgeon who will be replacing them next year - "No running, jumping, squats, lunges, or leg lifts (with weights)." I even tried Zumba, because I love to dance.... and the pain was too much. Can you come up with quick cardio exercises that DON'T use the lower body?
10/26/2011 4:48:28 PM
Joint problems? Revise the exercise so you are using the same muscles, but not wearing the joint. For example, instead of stair climbing, simply squat and hold this position until you feel the burn. Beginners may want to squat/hover over a chair until muscles are stronger. You can revise most exercises in this manner.
My physical therapist has told me to limit the amount of stair climbing I do because of arthritis in my knees and ankles. Likewise, stooping and squatting. Most of these exercises seem like they'd be very hard on the knees and ankles. In the summer, I speed-walk half a mile to the park, eat my lunch there, and then speed-walk back, but once it starts getting to cold and grubby outside, that one goes away. Any suggestions for those of us that are in the shape we're in because we can't do these exercises without doing ourselves a damage?
I have to chime in with many others here: Joint problems? forget these.
10/20/2011 5:47:08 AM
Why not do half jacks. That is stand as though going to do a jumping jack but reach over your head with one arm and push the foot on the same side out and tap it. I'm 56 with srthritus in my knee and an over active bladder and I can do the excercises, albeit with some adaptions sometimes. Plus doing many of the excercises help me strengthen my pelvic floor muscles which help me out anyway, Ellsjo
That's funny .... at age 58 my doctor to me, when I asked Marathon?, to go for it.
8/7/2011 4:07:14 PM
not for my knees! My physical therapist told me that at my age, which is 58, I should never jog, or run. Jumping jacks?? not with bad knees. There are other exercises though that can be done, just not anything that affects the knees. (or back)
I have started a new routine at work where I walk down 2 flights of stairs and then walk back up...it only takes me like 2.5 minutes but my legs burn at the top...is this helping me lose weight? Do I need to increase the time? Thoughts?
these exercises sound good, but most would be unwise for those with a weak bladder! Jumping in any shape or form is out for such folk! Joceyann
8/2/2011 1:34:10 PM
Just to reiterate the other comments on joint issues, often get in shape articles seem geared towards people that are already mostly healthy and in shape, but the people who need the most help are the ones with joint problems, foot problems & weight issues that prevent them from doing exercises like jumping jacks and so on. Water aerobics can be a good alternatives, but not useful for "60 second workouts" in the middle of your workday and not everyone likes being in the water. How about more alternatives for workouts that can be done sitting, standing or lying down without stressing the joints and feet?
I agree that these are good exercises, but not as useful for people with lower body problems (hips, knees, feet, etc.). The alternate knee lifts might be modifiable for some people to do in a chair. Other options would be different varieties of punches or other arm motions that work the upper body. A mix of upper and lower body exercises would make this article more widely useful.
8/2/2011 9:22:34 AM
These exercises assume you have working knees. They are useless for me, Thanks a lot.
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